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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of elevating.
  • n. The condition of being elevated.
  • n. An elevated place or position.
  • n. The height to which something is elevated above a point of reference such as the ground.
  • n. Loftiness of thought or feeling.
  • n. A scale drawing of the side, front, or rear of a structure.
  • n. The height of a thing above a reference level; altitude.
  • n. The ability to achieve height in a jump, as in ballet.
  • n. The degree of height reached when such a jump is executed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of raising from a lower place, condition, or quality to a higher; said of material things, persons, the mind, the voice, etc.; as, the elevation of grain; elevation to a throne; elevation to sainthood; elevation of mind, thoughts, or character.
  • n. The condition of being or feeling elevated; heightened; exaltation.
  • n. That which is raised up or elevated; an elevated place or station; as, an elevation of the ground; a hill.
  • n. The distance of a celestial object above the horizon, or the arc of a vertical circle intercepted between it and the horizon; altitude; as, the elevation of the pole, or of a star.
  • n. The angle which the style makes with the substylar line.
  • n. The movement of the axis of a piece in a vertical plane; also, the angle of elevation, that is, the angle between the axis of the piece and the line of sight; distinguished from direction.
  • n. A geometrical projection of a building, or other object, on a plane perpendicular to the horizon; orthographic projection on a vertical plane; called by the ancients the orthography.
  • n. The raising of the host - representing Christ's body - in a mass or Holy Communion service.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of raising from a lower place, condition, or quality to a higher; -- said of material things, persons, the mind, the voice, etc.
  • n. Condition of being elevated; height; exaltation.
  • n. That which is raised up or elevated; an elevated place or station; ; a hill.
  • n. The distance of a celestial object above the horizon, or the arc of a vertical circle intercepted between it and the horizon; altitude.
  • n. The angle which the style makes with the substylar line.
  • n. The movement of the axis of a piece in a vertical plane; also, the angle of elevation, that is, the angle between the axis of the piece and the line o� sight; -- distinguished from direction.
  • n. A geometrical projection of a building, or other object, on a plane perpendicular to the horizon; orthographic projection on a vertical plane; -- called by the ancients the orthography.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of elevating or raising from a lower level, place, or position to a higher.
  • n. The state of being raised or elevated; exaltation; specifically, exaltation of feeling or spirits.
  • n. Hence A state of slight inebriation; tipsiness.
  • n. That which is raised or elevated; an elevated place; a rising ground; a height.
  • n. Altitude.
  • n. In architecture, a geometrical representation of a building or part of a building or other structure in vertical projection—that is, of its upright parts.
  • n. Eccles., the act of raising the eucharistic elements after consecration and before communion, in sign of oblation to God, or in order to show them to the people.
  • n. In the Rom. Cath. liturgy, a musical composition, vocal or instrumental, performed in connection with the elevation of the host.
  • n. Synonyms Lifting, lifting up, uplifting, improvement.
  • n. Eminence, loftiness, superiority, refinement.
  • n. In old music, a grace or embellishment consisting of a short upward run connecting two notes separated by a skip.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. distance of something above a reference point (such as sea level)
  • n. the event of something being raised upward
  • n. drawing of an exterior of a structure
  • n. (ballet) the height of a dancer's leap or jump
  • n. the act of increasing the wealth or prestige or power or scope of something
  • n. angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object)
  • n. the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
  • n. a raised or elevated geological formation

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