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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.
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.
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.
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).
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See also mountains.

an abnormal fear of being at great heights Also called altophobia, batophobia, hypsiphobia.
the science of measuring heights, as with an altimeter. — altimetrical, adj.
1. acrophobia.
2. an abnormal fear of passing high buildings.
an abnormal interest in cliffs.
an abnormal fear of precipices.
a branch of geography that deals with the measurement and mapping of the varying elevations of the earth’s surface above sea level. — hypsographic, hypsographical, adj.
an instrument for measuring altitude by the relationship between atmospheric pressure and the boiling point of a liquid.
the measurement of altitude and heights, especially with refer-ence to sea level. — hypsometric, hypsometrical, adj.
a surveying instrument for measuring distance, height, elevation, etc.
the measurement of distance, height, elevation, etc., with a tachymeter.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Heights - a high placeheights - a high place; "they stood on high and observed the countryside"; "he doesn't like heights"
place, spot, topographic point - a point located with respect to surface features of some region; "this is a nice place for a picnic"; "a bright spot on a planet"
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