- 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.
A nurse measures a child's height.
height definition by Webster's New World
- 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: ; from earlier highth ; from Middle English heighthe ; from Old English hiehthu (akin to Gothic hauhitha) ; from heah: see high and amp; -th
height definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.b. Stature, especially of the human body.
- The highest or uppermost point; the summit or apex.
- a. The highest or most advanced degree; the zenith: at the height of her career.b. The point of highest intensity; the climax: the height of a storm.
- An eminence, such as a hill or mountain. Often used in the plural.
- a. A high point or position.b. Obsolete High rank, estate, or degree.
- a. Archaic Loftiness of mind.b. Obsolete Arrogance; hauteur: “He returned me a very resolute answer, and full of height” (Oliver Cromwell).
Origin: Middle English, from Old English hēhthu, hēahthu.Usage Note: The pronunciation of height with a final (th), (hīth), which is rarely heard now, reflects the original spelling and pronunciation of the word in Old English. During the Middle English period, the (th) varied with (t), with the final (t) predominating after the 15th century. Another pronunciation, with a (th) sound coming after (t), (hītth), is often heard, but it is generally regarded as nonstandard. In a recent survey, 90 percent of the Usage Panel disapproved of this pronunciation, which probably came about by association with width, breadth, and length.
height - Medical Definition
noun Abbr. ht
- The distance from the base of something to the top.
- Stature, especially of the human body.