height


height
[[t]haɪt[/t]]
n.
1) extent or distance upward:
The plane gained height rapidly[/ex]
2) distance upward from the lowest or a given level to a fixed point
3) the distance between the lowest and highest points of a person standing upright; stature
4) considerable or great altitude or elevation
5) Often, heights
a high place above a level; hill or mountain
6) the highest or most intense point; utmost degree; peak:
the height of pleasure; the height of rush hour[/ex]
7) archaic high rank or social status
Etymology: bef. 900; ME; OE hīehtho. See high, -th I syn: 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 usu. refers to the distance, determined by instruments, above a given level, commonly mean sea level: The airplane flew at an altitude of 30,000 feet. elevation implies a distance to which something has been raised or uplifted above a level: a hill's elevation above the surrounding country.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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