Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The distance from the base of something to the top.
  • noun Elevation above a given level, as of the sun or a star above the horizon; altitude. synonym: elevation.
  • noun The condition or attribute of being relatively or sufficiently high or tall.
  • noun Stature, especially of the human body.
  • noun A hill, mountain, or other piece of ground that stands out from the surrounding land.
  • noun A high point or position.
  • noun The highest or uppermost point; the summit or apex.
  • noun The highest or most advanced degree; the zenith.
  • noun The point of highest intensity; the climax.
  • noun Obsolete High rank, estate, or degree.
  • noun Archaic Loftiness of mind.
  • noun Obsolete Arrogance; hauteur.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Highness; elevation; altitude; stature; vertical distance or angular elevation from a base or a level, or any point of reckoning: as, the height of a tree, a mountain, or a tower.
  • noun Elevation of degree or of condition; eminence of quality, character, rank, etc.
  • noun The highest part; the top; hence, culmination; the highest degree; the highest point to be attained or desired: as, the height of a fever; the height of fashion.
  • noun That which has highness; an elevation; an eminence, especially of land; a hill, mountain, or precipice: often in the plural: as, to ascend a height; the Heights of Abraham at Quebec.
  • noun Latitude; degree of distance from the equator, whether north or south.
  • noun Haughtiness.
  • noun Upward; aloft; on high.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The condition of being high; elevated position.
  • noun The distance to which anything rises above its foot, above that on which in stands, above the earth, or above the level of the sea; altitude; the measure upward from a surface, as the floor or the ground, of an animal, especially of a man; stature.
  • noun obsolete Degree of latitude either north or south.
  • noun That which is elevated; an eminence; a hill or mountain.
  • noun Elevation in excellence of any kind, as in power, learning, arts; also, an advanced degree of social rank; preëminence or distinction in society; prominence.
  • noun Progress toward eminence; grade; degree.
  • noun Utmost degree in extent; extreme limit of energy or condition
  • noun [Obs.] aloud.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The distance from the base of something to the top.
  • noun The vertical distance from the ground to the highest part of a standing person or animal (withers in the case of a horse).
  • noun The highest point or maximum degree.
  • noun Sussex an area of land at the top of a cliff.

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

  • noun (of a standing person) the distance from head to foot
  • noun the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
  • noun elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface
  • noun the vertical dimension of extension; distance from the base of something to the top

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old English hēhthu, hēahthu.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the older heighth, from Old English hīehþu, from Proto-Germanic *hauhiþō (cf. *hauhaz), cognate to Old Norse and Icelandic hæð (cf. Swedish höjd, Norwegian høyde), Dutch hoogte, Old High German hohida, Gothic hauhiþa. Corresponds to high + -th.

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