Meaning of ALTITUDE in English


— altitudinous /al'ti toohd"n euhs, -tyoohd"-/ , adj.

/al"ti toohd', -tyoohd'/ , n.

1. the height of anything above a given planetary reference plane, esp. above sea level on earth.

2. extent or distance upward; height.

3. Astron. the angular distance of a heavenly body above the horizon.

4. Geom.

a. the perpendicular distance from the vertex of a figure to the side opposite the vertex.

b. the line through the vertex of a figure perpendicular to the base.

5. Usually, altitudes . a high place or region: mountain altitudes.

6. high or important position, rank, etc.

[ 1350-1400; ME altitudo; see ALTI-, -TUDE ]

Syn. 1. elevation. 1, 2 . See height .

Ant. 2. depth.

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