height
noun Etymology: Middle English heighthe, from Old English hīehthu; akin to Old High German hōhida height, Old English hēah high Date: before 12th century 1. a. the highest part ; summit b. highest or most advanced point ; zenith <
at the height of his powers
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2. a. the distance from the bottom to the top of something standing upright b. the extent of elevation above a level 3. the condition of being tall or high 4. a. an extent of land rising to a considerable degree above the surrounding country b. a high point or position 5. obsolete an advanced social rank Synonyms: height, altitude, elevation mean vertical distance either between the top and bottom of something or between a base and something above it. height refers to something measured vertically whether high or low <
a wall two meters in height
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. altitude and elevation apply to height as measured by angular measurement or atmospheric pressure; altitude is preferable when referring to vertical distance above the surface of the earth or above sea level; elevation is used especially in reference to vertical height on land <
fly at an altitude of 10,000 meters
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<
Denver is a city with a high elevation
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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