elevation

noun
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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Choose the Right Synonym for elevation

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 The mountain features a summit elevation of just over 13,000 feet with 147 trails and more than 1,400 acres to traverse. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "Colorado Ski Resort Ready to Welcome Guests to the Slopes for Spring Skiing," 26 May 2020 That’s likely because men can detect cyclical changes in women’s hormones, such as an elevation in estrogen. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "How pheromones help bee queens rule and lemurs 'flirt'," 19 May 2020 Some higher elevation areas in northern New York and New England reported snowfall accumulations of up to 10 inches, while traces of snow were seen along the coast from Maine to Boston to as far south as Manhattan. Bloomberg.com, "Polar Vortex Brings Snow and Cold Weather to U.S. East," 11 May 2020 The storm surge topped 16 feet in a city that had an elevation of 9 feet. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Looking back at the 1900 hurricane that wiped out Galveston and made it stronger in the long run," 19 Mar. 2020 Some higher elevation areas in northern New York and New England reported snowfall accumulations of up to 10 inches, while traces of snow were seen along the coast from Maine to Boston to as far south as Manhattan. Bloomberg.com, "Polar Vortex Brings Snow and Cold Weather to U.S. East," 11 May 2020 Some higher elevation areas in northern New York and New England reported snowfall accumulations of up to 10 inches, while traces of snow were seen along the coast from Maine to Boston to as far south as Manhattan. David Klepper, ajc, "Polar vortex brings rare May snow, low temperatures to US East," 10 May 2020 Classicism would be the style, elevation the tone in a series of mythological motifs — Apollo and the Muses, Eros and Psyche, Ganymede and the Eagle — interspersed with personifications of the fine arts, including architecture and painting. Holland Cotter, New York Times, "John Singer Sargent’s Drawings Bring His Model Out of the Shadows," 7 May 2020 This issue could be exacerbated as species move to historically cooler climates and higher elevations while the world warms. Sara Goudarzi, Scientific American, "How a Warming Climate Could Affect the Spread of Diseases Similar to COVID-19," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of elevation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of elevation was in the 14th century

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3 Jun 2020

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“Elevation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elevation. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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elevation

noun
How to pronounce elevation (audio)

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

elevation

noun
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

elevation

noun
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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