Meaning of ALTITUDE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈal-tə-ˌtüd also ]

-ˌtyüd noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin altitudo height, depth, from altus high, deep — more at old

Date: 14th century


a. : the angular elevation of a celestial object above the horizon

b. : the vertical elevation of an object above a surface (as sea level or land) of a planet or natural satellite


(1) : a perpendicular line segment from a vertex of a geometric figure (as a triangle or a pyramid) to the opposite side or the opposite side extended or from a side or face to a parallel side or face or the side or face extended

(2) : the length of an altitude

2. : a high level (as of quality or feeling)

the altitude s of his anger


a. : vertical distance or extent

b. : position at a height

c. : an elevated region : eminence — usually used in plural

Synonyms: see height

• al·ti·tu·di·nal ˌal-tə-ˈtü-d ə n-əl, -ˈtyü- adjective

• al·ti·tu·di·nous -d ə n-əs adjective

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