What does HIGH mean?

Definitions for HIGH

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. highnoun

    a lofty level or position or degree

    "summer temperatures reached an all-time high"

  2. highnoun

    an air mass of higher than normal pressure

    "the east coast benefits from a Bermuda high"

  3. highnoun

    a state of sustained elation

    "I'm on a permanent high these days"

  4. highnoun

    a state of altered consciousness induced by alcohol or narcotics

    "they took drugs to get a high on"

  5. high, heightsnoun

    a high place

    "they stood on high and observed the countryside"; "he doesn't like heights"

  6. senior high school, senior high, high, highschool, high schoolnoun

    a public secondary school usually including grades 9 through 12

    "he goes to the neighborhood highschool"

  7. high gear, highadjective

    a forward gear with a gear ratio that gives the greatest vehicle velocity for a given engine speed

  8. highadjective

    greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount

    "a high temperature"; "a high price"; "the high point of his career"; "high risks"; "has high hopes"; "the river is high"; "he has a high opinion of himself"

  9. highadjective

    (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high')

    "a high mountain"; "high ceilings"; "high buildings"; "a high forehead"; "a high incline"; "a foot high"

  10. eminent, highadjective

    standing above others in quality or position

    "people in high places"; "the high priest"; "eminent members of the community"

  11. high, high-pitchedadjective

    used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency

  12. high, in high spiritsadjective

    happy and excited and energetic

  13. gamey, gamy, highadjective

    (used of the smell of meat) smelling spoiled or tainted

  14. high, mellowadverb

    slightly and pleasantly intoxicated from alcohol or a drug (especially marijuana)

  15. high, high upadverb

    at a great altitude

    "he climbed high on the ladder"

  16. highadverb

    in or to a high position, amount, or degree

    "prices have gone up far too high"

  17. high, richly, luxuriouslyadverb

    in a rich manner

    "he lives high"

  18. highadverb

    far up toward the source

    "he lives high up the river"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Highverb

    to hie

    Etymology: [See Hie.]

  2. High

    elevated above any starting point of measurement, as a line, or surface; having altitude; lifted up; raised or extended in the direction of the zenith; lofty; tall; as, a high mountain, tower, tree; the sun is high

    Etymology: [See Hie.]

  3. High

    regarded as raised up or elevated; distinguished; remarkable; conspicuous; superior; -- used indefinitely or relatively, and often in figurative senses, which are understood from the connection

    Etymology: [See Hie.]

  4. High

    elevated in character or quality, whether moral or intellectual; preeminent; honorable; as, high aims, or motives

    Etymology: [See Hie.]

  5. High

    exalted in social standing or general estimation, or in rank, reputation, office, and the like; dignified; as, she was welcomed in the highest circles

    Etymology: [See Hie.]

  6. High

    of noble birth; illustrious; as, of high family

    Etymology: [See Hie.]

  7. High

    of great strength, force, importance, and the like; strong; mighty; powerful; violent; sometimes, triumphant; victorious; majestic, etc.; as, a high wind; high passions

    Etymology: [See Hie.]

  8. High

    very abstract; difficult to comprehend or surmount; grand; noble

    Etymology: [See Hie.]

  9. High

    costly; dear in price; extravagant; as, to hold goods at a high price

    Etymology: [See Hie.]

  10. High

    arrogant; lofty; boastful; proud; ostentatious; -- used in a bad sense

    Etymology: [See Hie.]

  11. High

    possessing a characteristic quality in a supreme or superior degree; as, high (i. e., intense) heat; high (i. e., full or quite) noon; high (i. e., rich or spicy) seasoning; high (i. e., complete) pleasure; high (i. e., deep or vivid) color; high (i. e., extensive, thorough) scholarship, etc

    Etymology: [See Hie.]

  12. High

    strong-scented; slightly tainted; as, epicures do not cook game before it is high

    Etymology: [See Hie.]

  13. High

    acute or sharp; -- opposed to grave or low; as, a high note

    Etymology: [See Hie.]

  14. High

    made with a high position of some part of the tongue in relation to the palate, as / (/ve), / (f/d). See Guide to Pronunciation, // 10, 11

    Etymology: [See Hie.]

  15. Highadverb

    in a high manner; in a high place; to a great altitude; to a great degree; largely; in a superior manner; eminently; powerfully

    Etymology: [See Hie.]

  16. Highnoun

    an elevated place; a superior region; a height; the sky; heaven

    Etymology: [See Hie.]

  17. Highnoun

    people of rank or high station; as, high and low

    Etymology: [See Hie.]

  18. Highnoun

    the highest card dealt or drawn

    Etymology: [See Hie.]

  19. Highverb

    to rise; as, the sun higheth

    Etymology: [See Hie.]


  1. High

    "High" is the second pop single written by British duo Lighthouse Family for their second album Postcards from Heaven. The song was produced by Mike Peden. It was released in January 1998 and reached No. 1 in Australia as well as being in the top 10 in Switzerland, Austria, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Europe. "High" is the most successful single released by the Lighthouse Family so far, having reached the top 10 in many countries.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. High

    hī, adj. elevated: lofty: tall: elevated relatively to something, as upward from a base, in position from the mouth of a river, &c.: eminent in anything: exalted in rank: dignified: chief: noble: ostentatious: arrogant: proud: strong, intensified: extreme in opinion: powerful: angry: loud: violent: tempestuous: shrill: excellent: far advanced: difficult: dear: remote in time: slightly tainted (of game, &c.).—adv. aloft: eminently: powerfully: profoundly: of flesh, on the point of beginning to decay.—ns. High′-ad′miral, a high or chief admiral of a fleet; High′-al′tar, the principal altar in a church; High′-bail′iff, an officer who serves writs, &c., in certain franchises, exempt from the ordinary supervision of the sheriff; High′-bind′er (U.S.), a rowdy, ruffian, blackmailer.—adjs. High′-blest (Milt.), supremely blest or happy; High′-blood′ed, of noble lineage; High′-blown, swelled with wind: (Shak.) inflated, as with pride; High′-born, of high or noble birth; High′-bred, of high or noble breed, training, or family.—ns. High′-church, applied to a party within the Church of England, which exalts the authority of the Episcopate and the priesthood, the saving grace of sacraments, &c. (also adj.); High′-church′ism; High′-church′man.—adj. High′-col′oured, having a strong or glaring colour.—ns. High′-court, a supreme court; High′-cross, a market cross; High′-day, a holiday or festival: (B.) broad daylight.—adj. befitting a festival.—v.t. High′er, to raise higher: to lift.—v.i. to ascend.—n. High′-falū′tin, bombastic discourse.—adj. bombastic: pompous.—adj. High′-fed, fed highly or luxuriously: pampered.—ns. High′-feed′ing; High′-flier, a bird that flies high: one who runs into extravagance of opinion or action.—adjs. High′-flown, extravagant: elevated: turgid; High′-fly′ing, extravagant in conduct or opinion; High′-grown (Shak.), covered with a high growth; High′-hand′ed, overbearing: violent: arbitrary.—n. High′-hand′edness.—adjs. High′-heart′ed, with the heart full of courage; High′-heeled, wearing high heels—of shoes.—n. High′-jinks, boisterous play or jollity: an old Scotch pastime in which persons played various parts under penalty of a forfeit.—adj. High′-kilt′ed, wearing the kilt or petticoat high: indecorous.—n. and adj. High′land, a mountainous district, esp. in pl. that portion of Scotland lying north and west of a line drawn diagonally from Nairn to Dumbarton.—ns. High′lander, High′landman, an inhabitant of a mountainous region; High′-low, a high shoe fastened with a leather thong in front.—adv. High′ly.—n. High′-mass (see Mass).—adjs. High′-mett′led, high-spirited, courageous; High′-mind′ed, having a high, proud, or arrogant mind: having honourable pride: magnanimous.—n. High′-mind′edness.—adjs. High′most, highest; High′-necked, of a dress, cut so as to cover the shoulders and neck.—n. High′ness, the state of being high: dignity of rank: a title of honour given to princes.—adj. High′-pitched, high-strung: haughty.—n. High′-place (B.), an eminence on which idolatrous rites were performed by the Jews—hence the idols, &c., themselves.—adjs. High′-press′ure, applied to a steam-engine in which the steam is raised to a high temperature, so that the pressure may exceed that of the atmosphere; High′-priced, costly.—ns. High′-priest (see Priest); High′-priest′ess; High′-priest′hood.—adjs. High′-prin′cipled, of high, noble, or strict principle; High′-proof, proved to contain much alcohol: highly rectified; High′-raised, raised aloft: elevated; High′-reach′ing, reaching upwards: ambitious.—n. High′-road, one of the public or chief roads: a road for general traffic.—adjs. High′-sea′soned, made rich or piquant with spices or other seasoning; High′-sight′ed (Shak.), always looking upwards; High′-souled, having a high or lofty soul or spirit; High′-sound′ing, pompous: ostentatious; High′-spir′ited, having a high spirit or natural fire: bold: daring: irascible.—n. High′-step′per, a horse that lifts its feet high from the ground.—adjs. High′-step′ping, having a proud or conceited carriage or walk; High′-stom′ached (Shak.), proud-spirited, lofty, obstinate; High′-strung, high-spirited: sensitive.—n. Hight (Milt.), obsolete form of height.—adj. High′-tast′ed, having a strong, piquant taste or relish.—n. High′-tide (rare), a great festival.—adj. High′-toned, high in pitch: dignified.—ns. High′-top (Shak.), a mast-head; High′-trea′son, treason against the sovereign or state.—adj. High′-viced (Shak.), enormously wicked.—ns. High′-wa′ter, the time at which the tide is highest: the greatest elevation of the tide; High′-wa′ter-mark, the highest line so reached; High′way, a public road on which all have right to go: the main or usual way or course; High′wayman, a robber who attacks people on the public way.—adj. High′-wrought, wrought with exquisite skill: highly finished: agitated.—High and dry, of a ship, up out of the water: disabled; High and low, rich and poor, people of every condition; High and mighty, exalted: arrogant; High celebration (see Celebration); High life, the life of fashionable society: the people of this society; High living, over-indulgence in the pleasures of the table; High seas, the open sea, including the whole extent of sea so far as it is not the exclusive property of any particular country; High table, the table in the dining-hall of a college where the dons sit; High tea, a tea with hot meat, &c., as opposed to a plain tea.—A high hand, or arm, might: power: audacity; A high time, A high old time (coll.), a time of special jollity or enthusiasm; Be high time, to be fully time something was done that should have been done well before; Be on one's high horse, to assume an attitude of fancied superiority: to be arrogant.—Highland costume, the fillibeg or kilt, shoulder-plaid, sporran, &c.; Highland regiments, a number of regiments in the British army, wearing the Highland dress and feather-bonnet, or tartan trews and shakos.—In high feather, in high spirits: happy; On high, in or to a height; On the high ropes (coll.), in an elated or highly excited mood; With a high hand, arrogantly. [A.S. héah; Goth. hauhs, Ice. hár, Ger. hoch.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. high

    In gunnery, signifies tightly fitting the bore; said of shot, wads, &c. Also, a gun is said to be laid high when too much elevated.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'HIGH' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #220

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'HIGH' in Written Corpus Frequency: #484

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'HIGH' in Adverbs Frequency: #415

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'HIGH' in Adjectives Frequency: #6

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of HIGH in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of HIGH in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of HIGH in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Parker:

    Bare-faced lying seems to be the default mode, coupled with ridicule of critics, the Russian state's now well-practised doctrine of blending media manipulation, social media disinformation and distortion along with new and old forms of espionage, and high-levels of cyber attacks, military force and criminal thuggery is what is meant these days by the term 'hybrid threats'.

  2. President Nicolas Maduro:

    We're working towards a special OPEC meeting, in coming days we'll announce .... We're making contacts with OPEC governments, we're evaluating the possibility that a very high ranking OPEC meeting be called, and that in coordination with the Russian Federation, President Vladimir Putin, we can advance in taking a series of actions to defend the oil market in the face of this latest fall.

  3. Diane Havlir:

    The virus exploits preexisting vulnerabilities in our society, our community-based screening study emphasizes how high infection risk continues to be for this population.

  4. Dan Morris:

    We're going to see this continued high volatility in equities, in fixed income and in currencies, what's driving that, you got monetary policy out of sync globally. U.S. going one way, ECB going another, Swiss going another, Sweden going another.

  5. Mohammed Ali Yasin:

    Sovereign or high-grade bonds and sukuk have become the preferred instrument in the short term until the markets become less volatile.

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