Meaning of ALTITUDE in English


ˈaltəˌtüd, -ə.ˌtyüd noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin altitudo, from alti- + -tudo -tude


a. : the angular elevation of a celestial object above the horizon measured by the arc of a vertical circle intercepted between the object and the horizon

b. : the vertical elevation of an object above a given level (as a foundation, the ground, or sea level)

a city with an altitude of 2547 feet


(1) : a perpendicular line segment from a vertex of a geometric figure (as a triangle or 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

(3) : a line that is an extension of an altitude

2. : the height or an extremity of some quality or degree of excellence

the altitude of passion

standards in the College have been rising, and … despite their present altitude , they continue to rise — N.M. Pusey


a. : vertical distance or extent : height or depth

altitude of the fluid in the tube


(1) : position at a height

the plane lost altitude rapidly

(2) : exalted position (as in rank or power)

a command issued from the altitude of the general staff

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

mountain altitudes

4. altitudes plural , archiac : haughty airs : pomposity

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