A nurse measures a child's height.
- An example of height is 5'8".
- An example of height is the top of Mount Everest.
- An example of height is the top achievement of someone's career.
- the topmost point of anything
- the highest limit; greatest degree; extreme; climax; culmination: the height of absurdity
- the distance from the bottom to the top
- elevation or distance above a given level, as above the surface of the earth or sea; altitude
- elevation (of the sun, a star, etc.) above the horizon, measured in degrees
- a relatively great distance from bottom to top
- a relatively great distance above a given level
- [often pl.] a point or place considerably above most others; eminence; elevation; hill
- Obs. high rank
Origin of heightfrom earlier highth from Middle English heighthe from Old English hiehthu (akin to Gothic hauhitha) from heah: see high and -th
- 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.
- 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 )
Origin of heightMiddle 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).
(countable and uncountable, plural heights)