Definition of height
1a : the part that rises or extends upward the greatest distance : the highest part : summit reached the height of the mountainb : 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 heightb : 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 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 obsolete : an advanced social rank
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.
Recent Examples of height from the Web
Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler — have designed exhibition space, expanded by 30 percent, with a stack of flexible galleries of varying height to accommodate different types of shows and different media.
The height of the surge will also depend on the shape of the coastline and the angle the storm approaches it.
Although it’s set in 1793 Paris — at the height of the revolutionary-period Reign of Terror — the language and accents are fully modern and American.
Both are elite cross country and track runners and have helped elevate Lake Zurich's programs to new heights the last four years.
Or on a homicide rate that’s on track to make 2017 the deadliest year this century, surpassing even the height of the drug war, with women increasingly prominent among the victims.
A 17-year-old boy fell from an undetermined height at an Ocean City hotel, leaving him critically injured.
The LA class, consisting of 62 boats, represented the height of American technological and manufacturing skill in the latter years of the Cold War.
Mowers with single-point height adjustment, like the RYOBI 40v 20 in.
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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
First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of height
HEIGHT Defined for English Language Learners
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
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.
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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