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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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Eventually, that mutated into the heights exemplified by Cambridge Analytica -- private companies hoovering up the online lives of tens of millions in order to try to sway elections. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "9/11 saw much of our privacy swept aside. Coronavirus could end it altogether," 16 May 2020 Specs are 31¼ inches axle-to-axle, 6¼-inch brace height, 3.6 pounds, and up to 310 IBO. Field & Stream, "Field Test: The Best New Hunting and Fishing Gear of the Year," 15 May 2020 This heavy-duty yet lightweight rake expands to three different heights and widths to suit different garden tasks and users, while cutting down on back strain. Kathy Passero, al, "Gardening tools for all levels: 9 essential items for budding gardeners," 15 May 2020 The wall-hanging design allows you to adjust the height to your pup’s needs. Popular Science, "Reliable pet feeders for when you can’t make it home in time for dinner," 15 May 2020 The developer is seeking zoning changes to allow for greater height and density for the project. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "New McKinney Avenue tower will rise from block occupied by Truluck’s, Gold’s Gym in Uptown," 15 May 2020 Her neighborhood was hit by an avalanche at the height of the storm on Friday night. Bloomberg.com, "Newfoundland Asks for Military Help After Record Blizzard," 13 May 2020 Colleen Ballinger was once at the height comedy as far as your middle school self was concerned. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "YouTuber Colleen Ballinger Apologises For Resurfaced Racist Videos & Inappropriate Relationship With Fan," 13 May 2020 April’s unemployment rate was nearly fifteen per cent, a height of joblessness not reached since the Great Depression. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, "Cancel the Rent," 12 May 2020

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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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19 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Height.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/height. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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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.


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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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