Meaning of HEIGHT in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈhīt, ÷ˈhītth ]


Etymology: Middle English heighthe, from Old English hīehthu; akin to Old High German hōhida height, Old English hēah high

Date: before 12th century


a. : the highest part : summit

b. : highest or most advanced point : zenith

at the height of his powers


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


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


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's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.