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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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Since then, the volcano has steadily been rebuilt over time, peaking with a steep-sided cone more than 16,000 feet in height. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Ecuador's 'throat of fire' volcano showing signs of 'potential collapse,' study shows," 20 Feb. 2020 Created in 1989 by Chris Wiggs for his daughter Kate, Polly Pocket dolls were less than an inch in height. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Vintage Polly Pockets Might Be Worth a Ton of Money," 18 Feb. 2020 The 6-foot-4 Lott was giving up more than eight inches in height to Efretuei, the 7-foot-1 ULM center who had seven points, 11 rebounds and three blocks on Saturday. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "South Alabama edges ULM 50-49 on KK Curry’s last-second putback," 16 Feb. 2020 In particular, Brad Marchand and Jeff Petry, and Zdeno Chara and Brendan Gallagher (a mismatch of 12 inches in height) had some heat. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "Has the Bruins-Canadiens become a fading rivalry?," 12 Feb. 2020 He is described as 20 to 30 years old and between 6-2 and 6-4 in height. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Akron police investigating robberies at phone store, Family Dollar," 28 Jan. 2020 He is described as a white male, weighing more than 270 pounds, 5'11 in height and heavily tattooed. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Pasadena man considered 'armed and dangerous' wanted for sexual assault of a child," 17 Jan. 2020 The Sun Devils peak in height with 6-3 Ja'Tavia Tapley but still are among the national leaders in rebounding. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "ASU women's basketball tries for upset encore vs. No. 3 Oregon State," 11 Jan. 2020 In a news release Thursday, Hall officials wrote that the black and orange bird — described on the Orioles’ website as somewhere between Tweety Bird and Big Bird in height and weighing one-quarter ton of feathers — will be among four 2020 inductees. Phil Davis, baltimoresun.com, "In fine feather: Oriole Bird inducted into National Mascot Hall of Fame," 12 Dec. 2019

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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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25 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

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