What does altitude mean?

Definitions for altitude
ˈæl tɪˌtud, -ˌtyudal·ti·tude

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word altitude.

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)

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

    Etymology: [L. altitudo, fr. altus high. Cf. Altar, Haughty, Enhance.]

  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

    Etymology: [L. altitudo, fr. altus high. Cf. Altar, Haughty, Enhance.]

  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

    Etymology: [L. altitudo, fr. altus high. Cf. Altar, Haughty, Enhance.]

  4. Altitude(noun)

    height of degree; highest point or degree

    Etymology: [L. altitudo, fr. altus high. Cf. Altar, Haughty, Enhance.]

  5. Altitude(noun)

    height of rank or excellence; superiority

    Etymology: [L. altitudo, fr. altus high. Cf. Altar, Haughty, Enhance.]

  6. Altitude(noun)

    elevation of spirits; heroics; haughty airs

    Etymology: [L. altitudo, fr. altus high. Cf. Altar, Haughty, Enhance.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Altitude

    alt′i-tude, n. height: a point or position at a height above the sea: high rank or eminence.—n.pl. Alt′itudes, passion, excitement.—adj. Altitū′dinal.—n. Altitudinā′rian, one given to flightiness in doctrine or belief. [L. altitudoaltus, high.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. altitude

    The elevation of any of the heavenly bodies above the plane of the horizon, or its angular distance from the horizon, measured in the direction of a great circle passing through the zenith. Also the third dimension of a body, considered with regard to its elevation above the ground.--Apparent altitude is that which appears by sensible observations made on the surface of the globe.--Altitude of the pole. The arc of the meridian between the pole of the heavens and the horizon of any place, and therefore equal to its geographical latitude.--Altitude of the cone of the earth's and moon's shadow, is the height of the one or the other during an eclipse, and is measured from the centre of the body.--Altitude of a shot or shell. The perpendicular height of the vertex of the curve in which it moves above the horizon.--Meridian altitude. The arc of the meridian,--or greater or less altitude, measured from the horizon, of a celestial object in its passage over the meridian, above or below the pole, of the place of the observer. In Polar regions two such transits of the sun, and in England similarly, circumpolar stars afford double observations for the determination of time or latitude. The general term is understood by seamen to denote mid-day, when the passage and meridian altitude of the sun affords the latitude.--True altitude is that produced by correcting the apparent one for parallax and refraction.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. altitude

    Height, or distance from the ground, measured upwards, and may be both accessible and inaccessible. Altitude of a shot or shell, is the perpendicular height of the vortex of the curve in which it moves above the horizon. Altitude of the eye, in perspective is a right line let fall from the eye, perpendicular to the geometrical plane.

Editors Contribution

  1. altitude

    A specific height.

    The altitude on the mountain top was easy to manage.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

How to pronounce altitude?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say altitude in sign language?

  1. altitude

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of altitude in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of altitude in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of altitude in a Sentence

  1. Sriram Sankararaman:

    We are beginning to learn more about the impact of DNA from archaic hominins on human biology, we now know that both Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA was deleterious in general but there were some genes where this DNA had an adaptive impact. For example, altitude adaptation in Tibetans was likely facilitated by a Denisovan introgressed gene.

  2. Heather Knutson:

    The real problem is that these cloud layers are hiding the atmospheric absorption signals we are trying to measure, in some cases, high-altitude clouds can make a small planet with a puffy, hydrogen-rich atmosphere look like it has a much more compact atmosphere made of heavier gases, such as water or carbon dioxide.

  3. Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov:

    Such operations by Israeli strategists gamble the lives of hundreds of innocent people, the movement of regular passenger flights both in Syrian airspace and around the world is carried out in known, high-altitude echelons, which Israeli radar can clearly see.

  4. Steve Jurczyk:

    We go to that high altitude because it simulates the atmospheric conditions on Mars, mars has a very thin atmosphere.

  5. RVM:

    The Attitude of Gratitude can raise your Altitude. Being Thankful is a magical way to reach the Top.

Images & Illustrations of altitude

  1. altitudealtitudealtitudealtitudealtitude

Popularity rank by frequency of use

altitude#10000#10646#100000

Translations for altitude

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for altitude »

Translation

Find a translation for the altitude definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Discuss these altitude definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"altitude." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 15 Aug. 2020. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/altitude>.

Are we missing a good definition for altitude? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for altitude:


Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.