ˈhīt How to pronounce height (audio)
ˈhītth How to pronounce height (audio)
: the part that rises or extends upward the greatest distance : the highest part : summit
reached the height of the mountain
: the most advanced or extreme point of something : zenith
at the height of his powers
during the height of the violence
: 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
: the extent of elevation above a level
The land reaches a height of 600 feet above sea level.
: the condition of being tall or extending upward a great distance
He was surprised by her height.
other ball players who have more height
: an extent of land rising to a considerable degree above the surrounding country
: 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
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

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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“Height.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/height. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the highest part or point : summit, climax
: the most advanced or extreme point
the height of stupidity
: the distance from bottom to top of something
: the distance above a level
: the condition of being tall or high
: a landmass rising above the surrounding country
: a high point or position

Medical Definition


: 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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