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elevation

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1 a raising or a state of being raised to a higher rank or position
  • the appointment of Sandra Day O'Connor marked the first elevation of a woman to the U.S. Supreme Court

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2 an area of high ground
  • Little Round Top is one of the most visited elevations in the entire Gettysburg National Military Park

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3 the distance of something or someone from bottom to top
  • the elevation of Angel Falls is 979 meters, making it the world's highest waterfall

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How does the noun elevation contrast with its synonyms?

The words altitude and height are common synonyms of elevation. While all three words mean "vertical distance either between the top and bottom of something or between a base and something above it," 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

When can height be used instead of elevation?

The words height and elevation can be used in similar contexts, but height refers to something measured vertically whether high or low.

a wall two meters in height

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

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“Elevation.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/elevation. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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