\ ˈhīt , nonstandard ˈhītth \

Definition of height 

1a : the part that rises or extends upward the greatest distance : the highest part : summit reached the height of the mountain

b : 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 height

b : 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 country

b : 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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for height


altitude(s), elevation, eminence, highland, hill, hump, mound, prominence, rise, upland



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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

height, altitude, and elevation mean distance upward. height may be used in measuring something from bottom to top. The wall is ten feet in height. altitude is used in measuring the distance above a fixed level. A plane was flying at a low altitude. elevation is used in measuring the height to which something is raised. The elevation of the tower is 300 feet.

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.
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While the median height of the top ten might be at a record, well, smaller players are holding their own. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Five Thoughts From Day Four at Wimbledon," 5 July 2018 The youngest ones may like Alien Swirling Saucers, where the minimum height to ride is only 32 inches. Marjie Lambert, miamiherald, "Who are the real brains behind Disney's Toy Story Land? Not Buzz Lightyear," 29 June 2018 But some say the height of the building is out of place for the neighborhood. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "New restaurant plus (maybe?) short-term rentals ahead in Schnitzelburg," 21 June 2018 The maximum allowable height for the building was 40 feet, which left enough space in between for a two-story, cube-shaped, 2,600-square-foot home. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "A Shipshape House in the Hamptons," 19 June 2018 The real estate group also determined ceiling height would be an issue, Druss said. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Old Nichols Library won't work for craft distillery, other Naperville locations being scouted," 16 June 2018 Scientists said that while the height of the lava is variable depending on the source and local topography, much of the area is covered in 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters) of lava. Time, "Hawaii's Kilauea Is Still Erupting and Spewing Destructive Lava. Scientists Say Have No Idea When It Will Stop," 8 June 2018 Scientists said that while the height of the lava is variable depending on the source and local topography, much of the area is covered in 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters) of lava. Washington Post, "Scientists: No way to know when Hawaii eruption will end," 8 June 2018 The length is nearly a foot shorter than the XC60, but the roof height is nearly the same—thus the XC40’s stubby, studly stance, bunched with compression. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Volvo XC40: Routine Ride, Premium Price," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of height

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for height

Middle English heighthe, from Old English hīehthu; akin to Old High German hōhida height, Old English hēah high

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The first known use of height was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of height

: 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


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Kids Definition of height

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.


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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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