noun \ˈhīt, ÷ˈhītth\

Definition of height

  1. 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>

  2. 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. 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>

  4. 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. 5 obsolete :  an advanced social rank

Examples of height in a sentence

  1. What's the height of the building?

  2. These bushes grow to heights of up to five feet.

  3. a woman of average height

  4. We were measured for height and weight.

  5. The ride has a height requirement. You have to be four feet tall to ride.

  6. I was surprised by his height.

  7. The land reaches a height of 600 feet above sea level.

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 century

Synonym Discussion of height

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 Defined for English Language Learners


noun \ˈhīt, ÷ˈhītth\

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


noun \ˈhīt\

Definition of height for Students

  1. 1 :  the distance from the bottom to the top of something standing upright

  2. 2 :  distance upward

  3. 3 :  the highest point or greatest degree <She was at the height of her career.>

Medical Dictionary


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noun \ˈhīt, ˈhītth\

Medical Definition of height

  1. :  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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