Definitions for ALTITUDEˈæl tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

al•ti•tude*ˈæl tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud(n.)

  1. the height of a thing above a given planetary reference plane, esp. above sea level on earth.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  2. extent or distance upward; height.

  3. the angular distance of a heavenly body above the horizon.

    Category: Astronomy

  4. the perpendicular distance from the vertex of a geometric figure to the side opposite the vertex. the line through the vertex of a geometric figure perpendicular to the base.

    Category: Math

  5. Usu., altitudes. a high region.

* Syn: See height.

Origin of altitude:

1350–1400; ME < L altitūdō; see alti -, -tude

al`ti•tu′di•nal(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. altitude, height(noun)

    elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface

    "the altitude gave her a headache"

  2. altitude(noun)

    the perpendicular distance from the base of a geometric figure to the opposite vertex (or side if parallel)

  3. elevation, EL, altitude, ALT(noun)

    angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. altitude(noun)ˈæl tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud

    the height measured from sea level

    the dangers of climbing in high altitudes; at an altitude of 5,745 feet

Wiktionary

  1. altitude(Noun)

    The height measured from sea level up to any given point.

    As the altitude increases, the temperature gets lower, so remember to bring warm clothes to the mountains.

  2. altitude(Noun)

    A vertical distance.

  3. altitude(Noun)

    The distance measured perpendicularly from a figure's vertex to the opposite side of the vertex.

    The perpendicular height of a triangle is known as its altitude.

  4. altitude(Noun)

    The angular distance of a heavenly body above our Earth's horizon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Altitude(noun)

    space extended upward; height; the perpendicular elevation of an object above its foundation, above the ground, or above a given level, or of one object above another; as, the altitude of a mountain, or of a bird above the top of a tree

  2. Altitude(noun)

    the elevation of a point, or star, or other celestial object, above the horizon, measured by the arc of a vertical circle intercepted between such point and the horizon. It is either true or apparent; true when measured from the rational or real horizon, apparent when from the sensible or apparent horizon

  3. Altitude(noun)

    the perpendicular distance from the base of a figure to the summit, or to the side parallel to the base; as, the altitude of a triangle, pyramid, parallelogram, frustum, etc

  4. Altitude(noun)

    height of degree; highest point or degree

  5. Altitude(noun)

    height of rank or excellence; superiority

  6. Altitude(noun)

    elevation of spirits; heroics; haughty airs

Freebase

  1. Altitude

    Altitude or height is defined based on the context in which it is used. As a general definition, altitude is a distance measurement, usually in the vertical or "up" direction, between a reference datum and a point or object. The reference datum also often varies according to the context. Although the term altitude is commonly used to mean the height above sea level of a location, in geography the term elevation is often preferred for this usage. Vertical distance measurements in the "down" direction are commonly referred to as depth.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Altitude

    A vertical distance measured from a known level on the surface of a planet or other celestial body.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. altitude

    The vertical distance of a level, a point or an object considered as a point, measured from mean sea level. See also drop altitude; elevation; minimum safe altitude.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

altitude(noun)

height above sea-level

What is the altitude of the town?

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