See also mountains.acrophobia an abnormal fear of being at great heights Also called altophobia, batophobia, hypsiphobia. altimetry the science of measuring heights, as with an altimeter. —altimetrical, adj. altophobia acrophobia. batophobia 1. acrophobia. 2. an abnormal fear of passing high buildings. cremnomania an abnormal interest in cliffs. cremnophobia an abnormal fear of precipices. hypsiphobia, hypsophobia acrophobia. hypsography a branch of geography that deals with the measurement and mapping of the varying elevations of the earth’s surface above sea level. —hypsographic, hypsographical, adj. hypsometer an instrument for measuring altitude by the relationship between atmospheric pressure and the boiling point of a liquid. hypsometry the measurement of altitude and heights, especially with refer-ence to sea level. —hypsometric, hypsometrical, adj. tachymeter a surveying instrument for measuring distance, height, elevation, etc. tachymetry the measurement of distance, height, elevation, etc., with a tachymeter.
- plural form of height
- A general term for a neighborhood or other development built on a hill or mountain.