Definition of height
1a : the part that rises or extends upward the greatest distance : the highest part : summit reached the height of the mountainb : the most advanced or extreme point of something : zenith at the height of his powers during the height of the violence
2a : the distance from the bottom to the top of someone or something standing upright estimating the height of a tree a woman of average height six feet in heightb : the extent of elevation above a level The land reaches a height of 600 feet above sea level.
3 : the condition of being tall or extending upward a great distance He was surprised by her height. other ball players who have more height
4a : an extent of land rising to a considerable degree above the surrounding countryb : a point or position that is advanced or extreme or that extends upward a great distance : a high point or position afraid of heights the heights and depths of love
5 obsolete : an advanced social rank
Examples of height in a Sentence
What's the height of the building?
These bushes grow to heights of up to five feet.
a woman of average height
We were measured for height and weight.
The ride has a height requirement. You have to be four feet tall to ride.
I was surprised by his height.
The land reaches a height of 600 feet above sea level.
Recent Examples of height from the Web
The designation, along with Bankers Hill height restrictions, means condo owners won’t need to worry much about obstructed views.
Other discounted admissions include $27.99 for a junior admission (children 42 inches and below in height), $27.99 for a military admission, and $27.99 for senior citizens ages 60 and up.
The lights are synced with the curvature and height of the castle’s walls and turrets, and the whole shebang is set to a new arrangement by composer John Williams.
The National weather service said seas will continue to get rougher today, with surf heights of 6-9 feet possible along the coast.
Led by Butler center Molly Lockhart, the West used its height advantage to topple the East in the earlier girls game 103-97.
Omaha Public Power District, which serves Omaha and surrounding cities, reported that more than 60,000 customers without power at the height of the storms.
A new adventure takes Deception Pass State Park visitors to new heights: some 200 feet up a tree.
It was founded by the firebrand Ian Paisley in 1971 at the height of the Northern Ireland conflict, which entailed some three decades of violence between the province’s largely Catholic nationalist minority and largely Protestant unionist majority.
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Origin and Etymology of height
Middle English heighthe, from Old English hīehthu; akin to Old High German hōhida height, Old English hēah high
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of height
HEIGHT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of height for English Language Learners
: a measurement of how tall a person or thing is : the distance from the bottom to the top of a person or thing
: the condition of being tall
: the distance above a level or surface
HEIGHT Defined for Kids
Definition of height for Students
1 : the distance from the bottom to the top of something standing upright
2 : distance upward
3 : the highest point or greatest degree She was at the height of her career.
Medical Definition of height
: the distance from the bottom to the top of something standing upright; especially : the distance from the lowest to the highest point of an animal body especially of a human being in a natural standing position or from the lowest point to an arbitrarily chosen upper point a man six feet in height a dog two feet in height at the shoulder
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