A nurse measures a child's height.
- Height is defined as the distance from the bottom to the top of something or the highest point or the greatest degree.
- 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
- a point or place considerably above most others; eminence; elevation; hill
- Obsolete high rank
Origin of height; from earlier highth ; from Middle English heighthe ; from Old English hiehthu (akin to Gothic hauhitha) ; from heah: see high and amp; -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 heightsa. 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 this word with a final th (as with eighth), most dictionaries still only list the pronunciation (hīt) as standard. In fact, in our 1997 survey, 90 percent of the Usage Panel disapproved of the th pronunciation.
(countable and uncountable, plural heights)