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1 the highest part or point
  • many regard the painting of the Sistine Chapel as the height of Michelangelo's career

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2 the most extreme or advanced point
  • the student's defiant use of a cell phone during class was regarded by the professor as the height of insolence

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3 the distance of something or someone from bottom to top
  • the average height of the players on the volleyball team is well over six feet

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4 an area of high ground
  • Gulliver, standing on a height near the shore, saw an island suspended above the sea

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5 the most intense or characteristic phase of something
  • at the very height of the storm, someone knocked on the door

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How does the noun height contrast with its synonyms?

The words altitude and elevation are common synonyms of height. While all three words 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

How do altitude and elevation relate to one another, in the sense of height?

Both 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 height was before the 12th century

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“Height.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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