height


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

height

 (hīt)
n.
1.
a. Abbr. h The distance from the base of something to the top.
b. Elevation above a given level, as of the sun or a star above the horizon; altitude. See Synonyms at elevation.
2.
a. The condition or attribute of being relatively or sufficiently high or tall: Height is an advantage in basketball.
b. Stature, especially of the human body.
3. Often heights
a. A hill, mountain, or other piece of ground that stands out from the surrounding land.
b. A high point or position: Prices rose to stunning heights.
4.
a. The highest or uppermost point; the summit or apex: finally reached the height of the mountain.
b. The highest or most advanced degree; the zenith: at the height of her career.
c. The point of highest intensity; the climax: the height of a storm.
5.
a. Obsolete High rank, estate, or degree.
b. Archaic Loftiness of mind.
c. Obsolete Arrogance; hauteur: "He returned me a very resolute answer, and full of height" (Oliver Cromwell).

[Middle English, from Old English hēhthu, hēahthu.]
Usage Note: Although some people pronounce height with a final (th) by analogy with length and width (and, in fact, the word was originally pronounced and written with a th), the standard pronunciation in Modern English is (hīt).

height

(haɪt)
n
1. the vertical distance from the bottom or lowest part of something to the top or apex
2. the vertical distance of an object or place above the ground or above sea level; altitude
3. relatively great altitude or distance from the bottom to the top
4. the topmost point; summit
5. (Astronomy) astronomy the angular distance of a celestial body above the horizon
6. the period of greatest activity or intensity: the height of the battle.
7. an extreme example of its kind: the height of rudeness.
8. (Physical Geography) (often plural) an area of high ground
9. (often plural) the state of being far above the ground: I don't like heights.
10. (often plural) a position of influence, fame, or power: the giddy heights they occupied in the 1980s.
[Old English hīehthu; related to Old Norse hǣthe, Gothic hauhitha, Old High German hōhida; see high]

height

(haɪt)

n.
1. extent or distance upward: The plane gained height rapidly.
2. distance upward from the lowest or a given level to a fixed point.
3. the distance between the lowest and highest points of a person standing upright; stature.
4. considerable or great altitude or elevation.
5. Often, heights. a high place above a level; hill or mountain.
6. the highest or most intense point; utmost degree; peak: the height of pleasure; the height of rush hour.
7. Archaic. high rank or social status.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English hīehtho. See high, -th1]
syn: height, altitude, elevation refer to distance above a level. height denotes extent upward (as from foot to head) as well as any measurable distance above a given level: The tree grew to a height of ten feet. They looked down from a great height. altitude usu. refers to the distance, determined by instruments, above a given level, commonly mean sea level: The airplane flew at an altitude of 30,000 feet. elevation implies a distance to which something has been raised or uplifted above a level: a hill's elevation above the surrounding country.

height

1. The vertical distance of a level, a point, or an object considered as a point, measured from a specified datum.
2. The vertical dimension of an object. See also altitude; elevation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.height - the vertical dimension of extensionheight - the vertical dimension of extension; distance from the base of something to the top
dimension - the magnitude of something in a particular direction (especially length or width or height)
loftiness, highness - the quality of being high or lofty
lowness - the quality of being low; lacking height; "he was suddenly aware of the lowness of the ceiling"
2.height - the highest level or degree attainableheight - the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development; "his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty"; "the artist's gifts are at their acme"; "at the height of her career"; "the peak of perfection"; "summer was at its peak"; "...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame"; "the summit of his ambition"; "so many highest superlatives achieved by man"; "at the top of his profession"
degree, stage, level, point - a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process; "a remarkable degree of frankness"; "at what stage are the social sciences?"
3.height - (of a standing person) the distance from head to foot
bodily property - an attribute of the body
tallness - the property of being taller than average stature
shortness - the property of being shorter than average stature
4.height - elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surfaceheight - elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface; "the altitude gave her a headache"
elevation - distance of something above a reference point (such as sea level); "there was snow at the higher elevations"
level - height above ground; "the water reached ankle level"; "the pictures were at the same level"
ceiling - (meteorology) altitude of the lowest layer of clouds
ceiling - maximum altitude at which a plane can fly (under specified conditions)

height

noun
1. tallness, stature, highness, loftiness Her height is intimidating for some men.
tallness shortness, smallness, lowness
2. altitude, measurement, highness, elevation, tallness build a wall up to a height of 2 metres
altitude depth
3. peak, top, hill, mountain, crown, summit, crest, pinnacle, elevation, apex, apogee, vertex From a height, it looks like a desert.
peak base, bottom, valley, depth, canyon, nadir, abyss, chasm, ravine, lowland
4. culmination, climax, zenith, limit, maximum, ultimate, extremity, uttermost, ne plus ultra (Latin), utmost degree He was struck down at the height of his career.
culmination nadir, low point, minimum
Related words
fear acrophobia

height

noun
1. The distance of something from a given level:
2. The highest point:
3. The highest point or state:
Informal: payoff.
Medicine: fastigium.
Translations
إِرْتِفَاعإرْتِفاعذُرْوَةقِمَّهمَكان مُرْتَفِع
výškaposlední výkřikvrcholvýšina
højdehøjdedragtoppunkt
kõrgus
korkeuspituus
visina
magaslat
hæîhámarkhátindurtindur, hæî
高さ
높이
altitudo
aukštisaukštumapaaukštėti
at its heightaugstākā pakāpeaugstumsģērbies pēc pēdējās modeskalngali
výšina
višavjevišekvišina
visina
höjdlängd
ความสูง
chiều cao

height

[haɪt] N
1. (= measurement) [of object] → altura f; [of person] → estatura f
to be 20 metres in heightmedir or tener 20 metros de alto, tener una altura de 20 metros
we are the same heighttenemos la misma estatura, somos igual de altos
he was of medium or average height and buildera de estatura y constitución media
he drew himself up to his full heightse irguió todo lo alto que era
she's about my heighttiene mi altura or es de mi estatura más o menos
he sometimes found his height a disadvantagesu altura le resultaba a veces una desventaja
2. (= altitude) → altura f
height above sea levelaltura f or altitud f sobre el nivel del mar
at a height of 2,000 ma una altura or altitud de 2.000 m
to gain/lose heightganar/perder altura
hold your arms out at shoulder heightlevanta los brazos a la altura de los hombros
3. (= high place) → cumbre f
to be afraid of heightstener miedo a las alturas, tener vértigo
the heightslas alturas
see also head A2
4. (= peak, zenith) → cumbre f, cima f
at the height of her careeren la cumbre or la cima de su carrera
at its height, the movement had millions of supportersen su punto más álgido, el movimiento tenía millones de seguidores
at the height of the battleen los momentos más críticos de la batalla
the height of fashionla última moda
at the height of summeren pleno verano
the dollar has soared to new heightsel dólar ha escalado a nuevas cotas
see also dizzy
5. (= utmost degree) → colmo m
it is the height of arrogance/stupidityes el colmo de la arrogancia/la estupidez

height

[ˈhaɪt]
n
[person] (= measurement) → taille f
What height are you? → Combien mesurez-vous?, Quelle est votre taille?
Some men find her height quite intimidating
BUT Certains hommes se sentent intimidés par sa grande taille.
of average height → de taille moyenne
of medium height → de taille moyenne
(= level) [object] → hauteur f
at knee height → à hauteur des genoux
at waist height → à hauteur de la taille
at shoulder height → à hauteur des épaules
(= altitude) → altitude f
From a height, the area looks like a desert → Vue de haut, la région ressemble à un désert.
from a great height → de très haut
thrown out of a window from a great height → jeté de très haut d'une fenêtre
[plane] → altitude f
to fly at a height of 5,000 m → voler à une altitude de 5 000 mètres
to lose height → perdre de l'altitude
[mountain] → altitude f
(= high ground) → hauteur f, éminence f
(= peak) [glory] → sommet m
a writer at the height of his powers → un écrivain au summum de sa puissance
at the height of the summer → au cœur de l'été
at its height, ... (= at time of greatest success) → à son apogée, ...
At its height the community could boast three synagogues → La communauté comptait trois synagogues à son apogée. (= at most extreme point) → à son plus haut point
to be at its height [phenomenon] → être à son paroxysme
(= utmost)
It's the height of fashion → C'est le dernier cri.
It's the height of bad manners → C'est le comble de l'impolitesse.
It's the height of stupidity → C'est le comble de la bêtise. heights
npl
to be afraid of heights → avoir le vertige
Heights don't bother me → Je ne crains pas le vertige.

height

n
(of building, mountain etc, = altitude) → Höhe f; (of person)Größe f; to be six feet in heightsechs Fuß groß or (wall etc) → hoch sein; what height are you?wie groß sind Sie?; he pulled himself up to his full heighter richtete sich zu voller Größe auf; you can raise the height of the saddledu kannst den Sattel höherstellen; at shoulder/head heightin Schulter-/Kopfhöhe
heights pl (= high place)Höhen pl; to scale the heights of Everestden Mount Everest besteigen; fear of heightsHöhenangst f; to be afraid of heightsnicht schwindelfrei sein
(fig)Höhe f; (of stupidity)Gipfel m; at the height of his powerauf der Höhe seiner Macht; the speculation has reached new heightsdie Spekulationen haben einen neuen Höhepunkt erreicht; the height of luxurydas Nonplusultra an Luxus; that is the height of arrogance/follydas ist der Gipfel der Arroganz/der Torheit; that is the height of bad manners!das ist doch die Höhe!, das ist der Gipfel der Unverschämtheit!; it is the height of bad manners to …es verstößt gegen jede Etikette, zu …; at the height of the seasonin der Hauptsaison; at the height of the stormals der Sturm am heftigsten war; at the height of summerim Hochsommer; at its height the company employed 12,000 peoplein ihrer Glanzzeit hatte die Firma 12.000 Angestellte; during the war emigration was at its heightim Krieg erreichte die Auswanderungswelle ihren Höhepunkt; to be the height of fashiongroße Mode or der letzte Schrei sein

height

[haɪt] n
a. (measurement) → altezza; (of person) → altezza, statura; (altitude) → altezza, altitudine f; (high ground) → altura
what height are you? → quanto sei alto?
of average height → di statura media
to be 20 metres in height → essere alto/a 20 metri
height above sea level → altitudine sopra il livello del mare
to be afraid of heights → soffrire di vertigini
b. (fig) (of career, success, glory) → apice m; (of rudeness, stupidity) → colmo
at the height of (storm, battle) → nel momento culminante di
it's the height of fashion → è l'ultimo grido della moda
in the height of summer → nel pieno dell'estate

height

(hӕit) noun
1. the distance from the bottom to the top of something. What is the height of this building?; He is 1.75 metres in height.
2. the highest, greatest, strongest etc point. He is at the height of his career; The storm was at its height.
3. the peak or extreme. dressed in the height of fashion; His actions were the height of folly.
4. a high place. We looked down from the heights at the valley beneath us.
ˈheighten verb
1. to make or become higher. to heighten the garden wall.
2. to increase (an effect etc).

height

إِرْتِفَاع výška højde Höhe ύψος altura korkeus hauteur visina altezza 高さ 높이 hoogte høyde wysokość altura высота längd ความสูง yükseklik chiều cao 高度

height

n. altura, alto; estatura.

height

n altura; (of a person) altura, talla, estatura
References in classic literature ?
The revel was at its height when a priest appeared, and withdrawing the young pair to an alcove, hung with purple velvet, he motioned them to kneel.
She was a terrifying-looking person; almost a giantess in height, raw-boned, with iron-grey hair, a face always flushed, and prominent, hysterical eyes.
He was a man of forty, of medium height and rather slender build; he stooped a little.
The scout, while making his remarks, was busied in collecting certain necessary implements; as he concluded, he moved silently by the group of travelers, accompanied by the Mohicans, who seemed to comprehend his intentions with instinctive readiness, when the whole three disappeared in succession, seeming to vanish against the dark face of a perpendicular rock that rose to the height of a few yards, within as many feet of the water's edge.
A colonial mansion, a hereditary estate, I would say a haunted house, and reach the height of romantic felicity--but that would be asking too much of fate!
Oftener, though, you used to be sitting at the threshold, and looking gravely into the street; for you had always a grave kind of way with you,--a grown-up air, when you were only the height of my knee.
Furthermore, on the left hand as you enter the front door, is a certain room or office, about fifteen feet square, and of a lofty height, with two of its arched windows commanding a view of the aforesaid dilapidated wharf, and the third looking across a narrow lane, and along a portion of Derby Street.
On mounting a rising ground, which brought the figure of his fellow-traveller in relief against the sky, gigantic in height, and muffled in a cloak, Ichabod was horror-struck on perceiving that he was headless
They flanked opposite ends of the house and were probably architectural absurdities, redeemed in a measure indeed by not being wholly disengaged nor of a height too pretentious, dating, in their gingerbread antiquity, from a romantic revival that was already a respectable past.
He stood full six feet in height, with noble shoulders, and a chest like a coffer-dam.
Carefully lowered from its height, the full-freighted vessel is caught by an appointed hand, and quickly emptied into a large tub.
That is just like the star that `Black Beauty' had; he is much the same height, too.