height

noun
\ 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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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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Experiences are the trend du jour at the top levels of fashion, and the French luxury goods giant had managed to take the concept to new heights—literally, as the house offers sweeping views of Los Angeles. Danielle Nussbaum, Town & Country, "Inside Louis Vuitton's Most Exclusive Shopping Experience," 30 Nov. 2018 This year, the flooding is at new heights, and a mix of the acqua alta and stormy weather has raised water levels nearly five feet above sea level in the past week, CNN reports, submerging up to three-quarters of Venice. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Make the Most of Venice When it Floods," 2 Nov. 2018 At least 14 of these companies were active last year in the Permian Basin, where exports have taken drilling to new heights. Jie Jenny Zou Of The Center For Public Integrity, The Seattle Times, "How DC unleashed fossil-fuel exports despite climate worries," 16 Oct. 2018 Simon Cowell's love for America's Got Talent contestant Michael Ketterer took on new heights last week. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Garth Brooks Responds to 'America's Got Talent' Judge Simon Cowell's Request for Michael Ketterer," 13 Sep. 2018 ONGOING MONTHLY Master Mind Group Meets 1st Wednesday: This is a community of business owners who help one another move their businesses to new heights. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deerfield Beach area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 By 2013, the singer reached new heights — literally. refinery29.com, "I Got Transformed Into Adele — & This Is What I Looked Like," 11 July 2018 The Rear Auto-Leveling Suspension automatically adjusts to maintain optimum ride height with cargo in the trunk or a trailer on tow. star-telegram, "Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury SUV brings elegance, technology to the family hauler," 30 June 2018 Loropetalum chinense Purple Pixie®, keeps to a modest height of 1 to 2 feet, with a spread of 4 to 5 feet. Earl Nickel, SFChronicle.com, "Let this ‘Purple Pixie’ bring a little color to the garden," 29 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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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 \

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, ˈhītth \

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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