Meaning of HEIGHT in English


/huyt/ , n.

1. extent or distance upward: The balloon stopped rising at a height of 500 feet.

2. distance upward from a given level to a fixed point: the height from the ground to the first floor; the height of an animal at the shoulder.

3. the distance between the lowest and highest points of a person standing upright; stature: She is five feet in height.

4. considerable or great altitude or elevation: the height of the mountains.

5. Often, heights .

a. a high place above a level; a hill or mountain: They stood on the heights overlooking the valley.

b. the highest part; top; apex; summit: In his dreams he reached the heights.

6. the highest point; utmost degree: the height of power; the height of pleasure.

7. Archaic. high rank in social status.

Also, hight .

[ bef. 900; ME; OE hiehtho. See HIGH, -TH 1 ]

Syn. 3. tallness. HEIGHT, ALTITUDE, ELEVATION refer to distance above a level. HEIGHT denotes extent upward (as from foot to head) as well as any measurable distance above a given level: The tree grew to a height of ten feet. They looked down from a great height. ALTITUDE usually refers to the distance, determined by instruments, above a given level, commonly mean sea level: altitude of an airplane. ELEVATION implies a distance to which something has been raised or uplifted above a level: a hill's elevation above the surrounding country, above sea level. 5. prominence. 6. peak, pinnacle; acme, zenith; culmination.

Ant. 1, 2. depth.

Usage . HEIGHT, and not HEIGHTH, is considered the standard English form for this word.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .