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altitude

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1 the distance of something or someone from bottom to top
  • the altitude of the highest mountain in the U.S. is only about two thirds that of the highest mountain in the world

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2 usually altitudes plural an area of high ground
  • the air is thinner at higher altitudes

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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

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The first known use of altitude was in the 14th century

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“Altitude.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/altitude. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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