height

noun
\ ˈhīt How to pronounce height (audio) , nonstandard ˈhītth How to pronounce height (audio) \

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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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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Gaedtke held his arm out directly in front of him, demonstrating that all the puncture marks were at hip height. Elisabeth Zerofsky, The New Yorker, "The Causes and Consequences of Berlin’s Rapid Gentrification," 12 July 2019 The Mississippi River in New Orleans could crest Saturday at 20 feet, a level not seen since 1927 and just 1.3 feet shy of the record height set in April 1922, the National Weather Service said. Dakin Andone, CNN, "New Orleans just got hit by a deluge. More heavy rain is on the way," 11 July 2019 The group also awards an annual scholarship of $500 to a young person who meets the height requirements. Ysabelle Kempe, BostonGlobe.com, "How many tall people does it take to start a club?," 7 July 2019 This area of the park is specifically for small children, with a height minimum of 36 inches of many of the rides. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "30 things we love about Kentucky Kingdom for its 30th anniversary," 3 July 2019 The mural panels are painted but must be installed; no easy feat considering the panels’ size and the mural’s height. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "13 years and millions of dollars later, the ambitious, enormous American Mural Project is coming together," 1 July 2019 The Devonshire tiara, for example, is displayed in a glass case resting on a nearly ceiling-height replica of the clawed foot of the coronation chair. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Take an Intimate Tour of Chatsworth House, Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire," 1 July 2019 Those could include streamlining approval for homeowners who want to build secondary units on their properties, reducing parking requirements, capping the fees on housing projects and raising height limits around public transportation. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "Speedy California housing construction is goal of carrot-and-stick deal," 27 June 2019 The reactions for each were mixed, from concerns over Garland’s height to Porter Jr.'s low points-per-game percentage in college at USC. Hayden Grove, cleveland.com, "Video: Watch Cavaliers fans react to each of Cleveland’s three picks amidst the 2019 NBA Draft," 21 June 2019

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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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height

noun

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

height

noun
\ ˈhīt How to pronounce height (audio) \

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.

height

noun
\ ˈhīt How to pronounce height (audio) , ˈhītth How to pronounce height (audio) \

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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