A city square seen from a high elevation.
- An example of elevation is a plane flying at 36,000 feet above the ground.
- An example of elevation is a pope being raised to the position of saint.
- An example of elevation is a ballet dancer leaping three feet in the air.
Elevation is defined as the height above the ground or other surface, or a place or position of height.
- an elevating or being elevated
- a high place or position
- a raised portion of the earth's surface; hill, mountain, etc.
- height above a surface, as of the earth
- the ability of a dancer to attain height in the air while executing a leap
- the height thus attained
- dignity; eminence; loftiness
- a flat scale drawing of the front, rear, or side of a building, etc.
- Aeron. the angular altitude of any object above the horizon
- Geog. height above sea level; altitude
- Mil. angular distance of the muzzle of a gun above the horizontal
Origin of elevationMiddle English elevacioun from Old French elevacion from Classical Latin elevatio
- a. The act or an instance of elevating: the slow elevation of body temperature.b. The condition of being elevated: her elevation among scholars.
- a. The height to which something is elevated above a point of reference, especially mean sea level: The ridge rises to an elevation of 3,000 feet.b. The angular distance of an object above the observer's horizon.
- An elevated place or position: The hill is the highest elevation around here.
- Loftiness or dignity, as of thought or feeling: a passage noted for its elevation of style.
- A scale drawing of the side, front, or rear of a structure.
- a. The ability to achieve height in a jump, as in ballet.b. The degree of height reached when such a jump is executed.
- The act of raising from a lower place, condition, or quality to a higher; said of material things, persons, the mind, the voice, etc.; as, the elevation of grain; elevation to a throne; elevation to sainthood; elevation of mind, thoughts, or character.
- The condition of being or feeling elevated; heightened; exaltation.
- That which is raised up or elevated; an elevated place or station; as, an elevation of the ground; a hill.
- The distance of a celestial object above the horizon, or the arc of a vertical circle intercepted between it and the horizon; altitude; as, the elevation of the pole, or of a star.
- The angle which the style makes with the substylar line.
- The movement of the axis of a piece in a vertical plane; also, the angle of elevation, that is, the angle between the axis of the piece and the line of sight; distinguished from direction.
- (architecture) A geometrical projection of a building, or other object, on a plane perpendicular to the horizon; orthographic projection on a vertical plane; called by the ancients the orthography.
- The raising of the host - representing Christ's body - in a mass or Holy Communion service.
From Old French elevation, from Latin elevatio.