Height Height (h[imac]t), n. [Written also {hight}.] [OE. heighte, heght, heighthe, AS. he['a]h[eth]u, h[=e]h[eth]u fr. heah high; akin to D. hoogte, Sw. h["o]jd, Dan. h["o]ide, Icel. h[ae][eth], Goth. hauhi[thorn]a. See {High}.] 1. The condition of being high; elevated position. [1913 Webster]

Behold the height of the stars, how high they are! --Job xxii. 12. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

[Goliath's] height was six cubits and a span. --1 Sam. xvii. 4. [1913 Webster]

3. Degree of latitude either north or south. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Guinea lieth to the north sea, in the same height as Peru to the south. --Abp. Abbot. [1913 Webster]

4. That which is elevated; an eminence; a hill or mountain; as, Alpine heights. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

5. Elevation in excellence of any kind, as in power, learning, arts; also, an advanced degree of social rank; pre["e]minence or distinction in society; prominence. [1913 Webster]

Measure your mind's height by the shade it casts. --R. Browning. [1913 Webster]

All would in his power hold, all make his subjects. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

6. Progress toward eminence; grade; degree. [1913 Webster]

Social duties are carried to greater heights, and enforced with stronger motives by the principles of our religion. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

7. Utmost degree in extent; extreme limit of energy or condition; as, the height of a fever, of passion, of madness, of folly; the height of a tempest. [1913 Webster]

My grief was at the height before thou camest. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{On height}, aloud. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

[He] spake these same words, all on hight. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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