from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The height of a thing above a reference level, especially above sea level or above the earth's surface. See Synonyms at elevation.
- n. A high location or area.
- n. Astronomy The angular distance of a celestial object above the horizon.
- n. Mathematics The perpendicular distance from the base of a geometric figure to the opposite vertex, parallel side, or parallel surface.
- n. High position or rank.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The height measured from sea level up to any given point.
- n. A vertical distance.
- n. The distance measured perpendicularly from a figure's vertex to the opposite side of the vertex.
- n. The angular distance of a heavenly body above our Earth's horizon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Space extended upward; height; the perpendicular elevation of an object above its foundation, above the ground, or above a given level, or of one object above another.
- n. The elevation of a point, or star, or other celestial object, above the horizon, measured by the arc of a vertical circle intercepted between such point and the horizon. It is either true or apparent; true when measured from the rational or real horizon, apparent when from the sensible or apparent horizon.
- n. The perpendicular distance from the base of a figure to the summit, or to the side parallel to the base
- n. Height of degree; highest point or degree.
- n. Height of rank or excellence; superiority.
- n. Elevation of spirits; heroics; haughty airs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Space extended upward; height; the degree or amount of elevation of an object above its foundation, the ground, or a given level; the amount or distance by which one object is higher than another: as, the altitude of a mountain or a cloud.
- n. The elevation of a point, star, or other object above the horizon, measured by the arc of a vertical intercepted between such point and the horizon.
- n. An elevation or height; anything extending far upward.
- n. Highest point or degree; full elevation.
- n. Elevation of spirit; haughty air: in this sense generally used in the plural.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object)
- n. elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface
- n. the perpendicular distance from the base of a geometric figure to the opposite vertex (or side if parallel)
Middle English, from Latin altitūdō, from altus, high; see al-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Latin altitudo ("height"), from altus ("high"). (Wiktionary)