Meaning of HEIGHT in English



Pronunciation: ' h ī t, ÷ ' h ī tth

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English heighthe, from Old English h ī ehthu; akin to Old High German h ō hida height, Old English h ē ah high

Date: before 12th century

1 a : the highest part : SUMMIT b : highest or most advanced point : ZENITH <at the height of his powers>

2 a : the distance from the bottom to the top of something standing upright b : the extent of elevation above a level

3 : the condition of being tall or high

4 a : an extent of land rising to a considerable degree above the surrounding country b : a high point or position

5 obsolete : an advanced social rank

synonyms 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 >.

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.