el·​e·​va·​tion | \ ˌe-lə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce elevation (audio) \

Definition of elevation

1 : the height to which something is elevated: such as
a : the angular distance of something (such as a celestial object) above the horizon
b : the degree to which a gun is aimed above the horizon
c : the height above the level of the sea : altitude
2 : a dancer's or an athlete's leap and seeming suspension in the air also : the ability to achieve an elevation
3 : an act or instance of elevating
4 : something that is elevated: such as
a : an elevated place
b : a swelling especially on the skin
5 : the quality or state of being elevated
6 : a geometrical drawing that depicts one vertical plane of an object or structure

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height, altitude, elevation mean vertical distance either between the top and bottom of something or between a base and something above it. height refers to something measured vertically whether high or low. a wall two meters in height altitude and elevation apply to height as measured by angular measurement or atmospheric pressure; altitude is preferable when referring to vertical distance above the surface of the earth or above sea level; elevation is used especially in reference to vertical height on land. fly at an altitude of 10,000 meters Denver is a city with a high elevation

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When you're hiking, you may be interested in knowing the highest elevation you'll be reaching. Psychologists use the term "mood elevation" to mean improvement in a patient's depression, and some leg ailments require elevation of the limb, usually so that it's higher than the heart for part of each day. Elevation can also mean "promotion;" thus, a vice president may be elevated to president, or a captain may be elevated to admiral.

Examples of elevation in a Sentence

a plant species found only at higher elevations We charted the elevations in her temperature.
Recent Examples on the Web While Fisher has plenty of concerns, the elevation is not one of them. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 9 Sep. 2021 First, New Orleans’ elevation is about six feet below sea level; second, the area lacks wetlands and barrier islands, which serve as natural defense against storms. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 29 Aug. 2021 Of course, the elevation and remoteness that fosters such dark skies are also logistical challenges. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 19 Aug. 2021 This will allow boaters to access south Lake Powell while water elevation is low. Sophia Eppolito, The Arizona Republic, 7 Aug. 2021 The pool elevation in Lake Powell was 3,554 feet on Friday. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 July 2021 As of Monday, the elevation at the reservoir straddling the border between Arizona and Utah, was at 3554.51, according to data tracked by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Washington Post, 27 July 2021 The study found that most land was not sinking appreciably, save for a few hot spots, mostly in the western part of Miami, where the elevation is lower. USA Today, 30 June 2021 Jordan’s elevation is not surprising given his long history with Kelly and the company. Dan Reed, Forbes, 24 June 2021

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First Known Use of elevation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Elevation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elevation. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of elevation

: the height of a place
: an act or result of lifting or raising someone or something
: a place (such as a hill) that is higher than the area around it


el·​e·​va·​tion | \ ˌe-lə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce elevation (audio) \

Kids Definition of elevation

1 : height especially above sea level : altitude
2 : a raised place (as a hill)
3 : the act of raising : the condition of being raised


el·​e·​va·​tion | \ ˌel-ə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce elevation (audio) \

Medical Definition of elevation

1 : a swelling especially on the skin
2 : a usually abnormal increase (as in degree or amount)

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