\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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Synonyms & Antonyms for height


altitude(s), elevation, eminence, highland, hill, hump, mound, prominence, rise, upland



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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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The closest New York City mayor in height to de Blasio is John Lindsay, who served from 1966 to 1973. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Mayor de Blasio Struggles to Find a Hybrid Car That’s Not a Tight Squeeze," 6 Oct. 2018 The king lived downstairs and didn’t seem inclined to change the existing old-fashioned scheme, whilst his wife’s apartments upstairs were soon redecorated in the height of fashionable taste. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Inside Buckingham Palace’s Resplendent, Never-Before Seen Rooms," 4 Oct. 2018 Or even just sitting and waiting in line for a ferry on a Saturday in the height of summer. Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "Great Drives: Speeding Through the French Countryside in the Audi A8," 25 Sep. 2018 Brunelleschi's design called for an octagonal dome spanning 150 feet and soaring nearly 300 feet in height with no flying buttresses for support. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Italy’s famous dome is cracking, and cosmic rays could help save it," 21 Aug. 2018 Fischer pointed out younger grand firs, which grow in the shade of the Douglas firs that in several hundred years might surpass them in height. Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times, "Are you up for a new adventure? As in, 200 feet up a Douglas fir?," 8 Aug. 2018 In Pasadena, overnight parking is prohibited for all vehicles, except by permit, and Tabor said permits are not issued to vehicles that exceed 7 feet in height or the width or length of a standard parking space. Matt Sanderson, latimes.com, "LCF City Council seeks feedback from Public Works on better regulating RV parking on streets," 10 July 2018 Perform height and width reduction as needed to keep the plant in the 6- to 8-foot range. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Caterpillar invasion isn't end for healthy tree," 14 July 2018 The buildings also have lower roof heights and fewer egresses onto surrounding roads, two other alterations requested by community members. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Widespread support, a couple passionate detractors at Bosley Estates public meeting," 12 July 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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The first known use of height was before the 12th century

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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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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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