- High is defined as something that is further up than normal, goes upward, is far above the ground, or is slang for being under the influence of drugs.
- An example of high is the altitude of an airplane in the sky.
- An example of high is the location of a toddler who has climbed a six foot ladder.
- An example of high is a person who is under the influence of a strong pain medication he took an hour ago.
A plane high in the sky.
high definition by Webster's New World
- of more than normal height; lofty; tall: not used of persons
- extending upward a (specified) distance
- situated far above the ground or some other level
- reaching to or done from a height: a high jump, a high dive
- above other persons or things in rank, position, strength, etc.; most important or powerful
- above other persons or things in quality, character, etc.; superior; exalted; excellent
- grave; very serious: high treason
- greatly advanced or developed; complex: usually in the comparative degree: higher mathematics, the higher vertebrates
- main; principal; chief: a high priest
- greater in size, amount, degree, power, intensity, etc. than usual: high prices, high voltage, a high profile
- advanced to its acme or fullness; fully reached: high noon
- expensive; costly
- luxurious and extravagant: high living
- haughty; overbearing
- designating or producing tones made by relatively fast vibrations; acute in pitch; sharp; shrill
- slightly tainted; having a strong smell: said of meat, esp. game
- extremely formal or rigid in matters of ceremony, doctrine, etc.
- excited; elated: high spirits
- far from the equator: a high latitude
- ☆ designating or of that gear ratio of a motor vehicle transmission which produces the highest speed and the lowest torque
- drunk; intoxicated
- under the influence of a drug
- Phonet. articulated with the tongue held in a relatively elevated position in the mouth: said of certain vowels, as (ē) in feet
Origin: Middle English heigh, hei, hie ; from Old English heah, akin to German hoch, Gothic hauhs ; from Indo-European an unverified form keuk- ; from base an unverified form keu-, to curve, arch from source Sanskrit kakúd-, peak, Russian kúča, heap
- in a high manner
- in, at, to, or toward a high degree, level, place, position, etc.
- a high degree, level, place, position, etc.
- ☆ an area of high barometric pressure
- ☆ that gear of a motor vehicle, etc. producing the greatest speed and the lowest torque
- Slang a condition of euphoria induced as by drugs
high definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective high·er, high·est
- a. Having a relatively great elevation; extending far upward: a high mountain; a high tower.b. Extending a specified distance upward: a cabinet ten feet high.
- Far or farther from a reference point: was too high in the offensive zone to take a shot.
- a. Being at or near the peak or culminating stage: the high tourist season; high summer.b. Advanced in development or complexity: high forms of animal life; higher mathematics.c. Far removed in time; remote: high antiquity.
- a. Slightly spoiled or tainted; gamy. Used of meat.b. Having a bad smell; malodorous.
- a. Having a pitch corresponding to a relatively large number of sound-wave cycles per second: the high tones of a flute.b. Raised in pitch; not soft or hushed: a high voice.
- Situated relatively far from the equator: a high latitude.
- a. Of great importance: set a high priority on funding the housing program.b. Eminent in rank or status: a high official.c. Serious; grave: high crimes and misdemeanors.d. Constituting a climax; crucial: The chase scene is the high point of the film.e. Characterized by lofty or stirring events or themes: high adventure; high drama.
- Lofty or exalted in quality or character: a person of high morals.
- a. Greater than usual or expected, as in quantity, magnitude, cost, or degree: “A high price has to be paid for the happy marriage with the four healthy children” (Doris Lessing).b. Favorable: He has a high opinion of himself.
- Of great force or violence: high winds.
- a. Indicating excitement or euphoria: high spirits.b. Slang Intoxicated by or as if by alcohol or a drug, such as cocaine or marijuana.
- Luxurious; extravagant: high living.
- Linguistics Of or relating to vowels produced with part of the tongue close to the palate, as in the vowel of tree.
- Of, relating to, or being the gear configuration or setting, as in an automotive transmission, that produces the greatest vehicular speed with respect to engine speed.
- At, in, or to a lofty position, level, or degree: saw a plane high in the sky; prices that had gone too high.
- In an extravagant or luxurious way: made a fortune and lived high.
- A lofty place or region.
- A high level or degree: Summer temperatures reached an all-time high.
- The high gear configuration of a transmission.
- A center of high atmospheric pressure; an anticyclone.
- Slang An intoxicated or euphoric condition induced by or as if by a drug.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English hēah.
- highˈly adverb
high - Phrases/Idioms
high and dry
- out of the reach of the water
- alone and helpless; stranded
high and low
high and mighty
- up in space; high above
- in heaven
high and dry
- In a position of helplessness; stranded: went off and left me high and dry. Nautical
- Out of water. Used of a ship, for example.
high and low
- High in the sky.
- In heaven.
- In a position of authority.