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 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.
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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