height

noun \ ˈhīt , nonstandard ˈhītth \

Definition of height

1 a :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 a :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
4 a :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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of height

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

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

height

noun

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

height

noun \ ˈhīt \

Definition of height for Students

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.

Synonym Discussion of height

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.

Medical Dictionary

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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