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

  • adj. Having a relatively great elevation; extending far upward: a high mountain; a high tower.
  • adj. Extending a specified distance upward: a cabinet ten feet high.
  • adj. Far or farther from a reference point: was too high in the offensive zone to take a shot.
  • adj. Being at or near the peak or culminating stage: the high tourist season; high summer.
  • adj. Advanced in development or complexity: high forms of animal life; higher mathematics.
  • adj. Far removed in time; remote: high antiquity.
  • adj. Slightly spoiled or tainted; gamy. Used of meat.
  • adj. Having a bad smell; malodorous.
  • adj. Having a pitch corresponding to a relatively large number of sound-wave cycles per second: the high tones of a flute.
  • adj. Raised in pitch; not soft or hushed: a high voice.
  • adj. Situated relatively far from the equator: a high latitude.
  • adj. Of great importance: set a high priority on funding the housing program.
  • adj. Eminent in rank or status: a high official.
  • adj. Serious; grave: high crimes and misdemeanors.
  • adj. Constituting a climax; crucial: The chase scene is the high point of the film.
  • adj. Characterized by lofty or stirring events or themes: high adventure; high drama.
  • adj. Lofty or exalted in quality or character: a person of high morals.
  • adj. Greater than usual or expected, as in quantity, magnitude, cost, or degree: "A high price has to be paid for the happy marriage with the four healthy children” ( Doris Lessing).
  • adj. Favorable: He has a high opinion of himself.
  • adj. Of great force or violence: high winds.
  • adj. Indicating excitement or euphoria: high spirits.
  • adj. Slang Intoxicated by or as if by alcohol or a drug, such as cocaine or marijuana.
  • adj. Luxurious; extravagant: high living.
  • adj. Linguistics Of or relating to vowels produced with part of the tongue close to the palate, as in the vowel of tree.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being the gear configuration or setting, as in an automotive transmission, that produces the greatest vehicular speed with respect to engine speed.
  • adv. At, in, or to a lofty position, level, or degree: saw a plane high in the sky; prices that had gone too high.
  • adv. In an extravagant or luxurious way: made a fortune and lived high.
  • n. A lofty place or region.
  • n. A high level or degree: Summer temperatures reached an all-time high.
  • n. The high gear configuration of a transmission.
  • n. A center of high atmospheric pressure; an anticyclone.
  • n. Slang An intoxicated or euphoric condition induced by or as if by a drug.
  • idiom high and dry In a position of helplessness; stranded: went off and left me high and dry.
  • idiom high and dry Nautical Out of water. Used of a ship, for example.
  • idiom high and low Here and there; everywhere: searched high and low for the keys.
  • idiom on high High in the sky.
  • idiom on high In heaven.
  • idiom on high In a position of authority.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Being elevated in position or status, a state of being above many things.
  • adj. Tall, lofty, at a great distance above the ground (at high altitude).
  • adj. Noble, especially of motives, intentions, etc.
  • adj. Under the influence of a mood-affecting drug or (less common) alcohol.
  • adj. Of a quantity or value, great or large.
  • adj. Of greater frequency, i.e. with more rapid wave oscillations.
  • adj. With tall waves.
  • adj. Decomposing, rotting (to an extent which is desired by some).
  • adv. In or to an elevated position.
  • adv. In or at a great value.
  • adv. In a pitch of great frequency.
  • n. A period of euphoria, from excitement or from an intake of drugs
  • n. A large area of elevated atmospheric pressure; an anticyclone.
  • n. The maximum atmospheric temperature recorded at a particular location, especially during one 24-hour period.
  • v. To rise.
  • n. Thought; intention; determination; purpose.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Elevated above any starting point of measurement, as a line, or surface; having altitude; lifted up; raised or extended in the direction of the zenith; lofty; tall
  • adj. Regarded as raised up or elevated; distinguished; remarkable; conspicuous; superior; -- used indefinitely or relatively, and often in figurative senses, which are understood from the connection.
  • adj. Elevated in character or quality, whether moral or intellectual; preëminent; honorable.
  • adj. Exalted in social standing or general estimation, or in rank, reputation, office, and the like; dignified.
  • adj. Of noble birth; illustrious.
  • adj. Of great strength, force, importance, and the like; strong; mighty; powerful; violent; sometimes, triumphant; victorious; majestic, etc..
  • adj. Very abstract; difficult to comprehend or surmount; grand; noble.
  • adj. Costly; dear in price; extravagant; as, to hold goods at a high price.
  • adj. Arrogant; lofty; boastful; proud; ostentatious; -- used in a bad sense.
  • adj. Possessing a characteristic quality in a supreme or superior degree
  • adj. Strong-scented; slightly tainted.
  • adj. Acute or sharp; -- opposed to grave or low.
  • adj. Made with a high position of some part of the tongue in relation to the palate, as ē (ēve), � (f�d). See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 10, 11.
  • adv. In a high manner; in a high place; to a great altitude; to a great degree; largely; in a superior manner; eminently; powerfully.
  • n. An elevated place; a superior region; a height; the sky; heaven.
  • n. People of rank or high station.
  • n. The highest card dealt or drawn.
  • intransitive v. To hie.
  • intransitive v. To rise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Conspicuously elevated; rising or being far above a base, surface, or object; having great reach or extent upward; lofty: as, a high tower or mountain; the high flight of the skylark; the sun is high in the heavens.
  • Having comparative elevation; extending or being above (something); raised upward in extent from a base, or in position from a surface or an object, from which the upward reach is normally measured: as, high boots; a dress with high neck; the plant is three feet high.
  • Remote, either as regards distance north or south of the equator, or as regards lapse of years in chronological reckoning: used only in the phrases high latitude and high antiquity.
  • Elevated or advanced to the utmost extent; at the zenith or culmination; hence, full or complete; consummate: as, high noon; high tide; high time.
  • Exalted in station or estimation; elevated above others; holding a lofty rank or position: as, a high dignitary of the church; one high in the public esteem; high and mighty.
  • Hence—6. In a title, most exalted; chief; principal; head: as, the high priest; high chancellor; high admiral; high sheriff.
  • Elevated in quality or degree; of great importance, consequence, significance, etc.; exalted: as, a high festival; high art; high crimes; high courage; high spirits; high breeding.
  • Lofty, aspiring, or self-asserting in manner, appearance, or expression; powerful, impressive, ostentatious, arrogant, boisterous, etc.; showing strength, earnestness, pride, resentment, hilarity, etc.: as, he took a high tone; they had high words.
  • Intensified in physical quality or character; exceeding the common degree or measure; strong, intense, energetic, etc.: as, a high wind; high temperature; high flavor or color; high speed; in high condition, as a horse.
  • Elevated in amount or quantity; large; of great or unusual magnitude or proportion: as, a high price or reward; a high percentage.
  • In acoustics and music, relatively acute or shrill in pitch—that is, produced by relatively rapid vibrations; sharp: opposed to low or grave: as, a high voice, key, note, etc.
  • In cookery, tending toward decomposition or decay; slightly tainted, as meat (used mainly when this is considered a desirable quality); gamy: as, venison kept till it is high.
  • Nautical, near to the wind: said of a ship when sailing by the wind, and with reference to the point of the compass nearest to the direction of the wind to which her head can be pointed: as, how high will she lie?
  • Excited with drink; intoxicated.
  • Arrogant; overbearing; demanding servile respect or submission.
  • In Vermont, an officer whose duty it is on occasion to serve process on the sheriff.
  • Hence— Boisterous sport or jollity; romping games or play.
  • Tantrums; fits of ill humor.
  • The throwing of dice to determine who shall empty the cup.
  • In law: As used to designate the area transactions within which are subject to cognizance in courts of admiralty, formerly, the waters of the ocean exterior to low-water mark, but now extended with the-flow of the tide to high-water mark, returning with the ebb to low-water mark. As used to designate the area which is not within the territorial jurisdiction of any nation, but the free highway of all nations, the waters of the ocean exterior to a line parallel to the general direction of the shore, and distant a marine league therefrom. The distance was fixed with reference to the fact that, at the time when it was fixed, it was the limit of the area of coast-waters which could be commanded by cannon on the shore. It is to be drawn with reference to headlands, so as to include in the territorial jurisdiction those inlets and arms of the sea over which the nation may justly claim and actually enforce its power. The application of the rule to bays and to arms of the sea bounding two countries often involves great difference of opinion. The great lakes are not deemed high seas.
  • To or in heaven; used substantively, heaven.
  • When he was ascended up on high, he led captivity captive.
  • In a loud voice; aloud.
  • Synonyms Lofty, etc. See tall.
  • n. An elevated place; a superior region. See on high, above.
  • n. In card-playing, the ace or highest trump out.
  • In a high or lofty manner; to a great height, amount, extent, degree, etc.; eminently; powerfully; grandly; richly; extravagantly: as, to climb high; to play high (for high stakes); to live high; to bid high.
  • To make high; lift up; raise; exalt.
  • To rise or be at its highest point, as the tide.
  • Noting the strength of a suit, as in whist or bridge: as, queen high in spades, and ten high in diamonds.
  • n. One of the points in the game of all-fours.
  • n. The area of high barometric pressure shown on the daily weather map, usually moving eastward and toward the equator, its front being marked by suddenly falling temperature, drier air, strong polar winds, and spits of rain or snow, followed by clear weather and by a temperature that may be either high or low depending on the balance between radiation, isolation, connection, and thermodynamic action.

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

  • n. an air mass of higher than normal pressure
  • adj. (used of the smell of meat) smelling spoiled or tainted
  • adv. in a rich manner
  • adj. used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency
  • n. a state of sustained elation
  • n. a lofty level or position or degree
  • n. a public secondary school usually including grades 9 through 12
  • adv. far up toward the source
  • adj. standing above others in quality or position
  • adj. happy and excited and energetic
  • adj. (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high')
  • adv. at a great altitude
  • n. a high place
  • n. a forward gear with a gear ratio that gives the greatest vehicle velocity for a given engine speed
  • adj. slightly and pleasantly intoxicated from alcohol or a drug (especially marijuana)
  • n. a state of altered consciousness induced by alcohol or narcotics
  • adj. greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount
  • adv. in or to a high position, amount, or degree


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

Middle English, from Old English hēah.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English hiȝe, huȝe, huiȝe, huie, hige, from Old English hyġe ("thought, mind, heart, disposition, intention, courage, pride"), from Proto-Germanic *hugiz (“mind, sense”), of unknown origin. Cognate with North Frisian huwggje ("mind, sense"), Middle Low German höge, hoge ("thought, meaning, mood, happiness"), Middle High German hüge, huge, hoge ("mind, spirit, memory"), Danish hu ("mind"), Swedish håg ("mind, inclination"), Icelandic hugur ("mind"). Related to Hugh.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English high, heigh, heih, from Old English hēah ("high, tall, lofty, high-class, exalted, sublime, illustrious, important, proud, haughty, deep, right"), from Proto-Germanic *hauhaz (“high”), from Proto-Indo-European *kewk- (“to bend, curve, arch, vault”), a suffixed form of *kew-. Cognate with Scots heich ("high"), Eastern Frisian hag ("high"), West Frisian heech ("high"), Dutch hoog ("high"), Low German hog ("high"), German hoch ("high"), Swedish hög ("high"), Icelandic hár ("high"), Lithuanian kaukas ("bump, boil, sore"), Russian куча (kúcha, "pile, heap, stack, lump").


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  • I am in love with high far-seeing places

    That look on plains half-sunlight and half-storm, --

    In love with hours when from the circling faces

    Veils pass, and laughing fellowship glows warm.

    - Arthur Davison Ficke, 'I am in Love with High Far-Seeing Places'.

    October 4, 2008