What does height mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. height, tallnessnoun

    the vertical dimension of extension; distance from the base of something to the top

  2. acme, height, elevation, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, meridian, tiptop, topnoun

    the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development

    "his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty"; "the artist's gifts are at their acme"; "at the height of her career"; "the peak of perfection"; "summer was at its peak"; "...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame"; "the summit of his ambition"; "so many highest superlatives achieved by man"; "at the top of his profession"

  3. stature, heightnoun

    (of a standing person) the distance from head to foot

  4. altitude, heightnoun

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

    "the altitude gave her a headache"


  1. heightnoun

    The distance from the base of something to the top.

  2. heightnoun

    The vertical distance from the ground to the highest part of a standing person or animal (withers in the case of a horse).

  3. heightnoun

    The highest point or maximum degree.

    She's at the height of her career.

  4. heightnoun

    an area of land at the top of a cliff.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Heightnoun

    Etymology: from high.

    Into what pit thou see’st,
    From what height fall’n. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. i.

    Abroad I’ll study thee,
    As he removes far off, that great heights takes. John Donne.

    There is in Ticinium, in Italy, a church that is in length one hundred feet, in breadth twenty, and in height near fifty. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    An amphitheatre appear’d,
    Rais’d in degrees, to sixty paces rear’d;
    That when a man was plac’d in one degree,
    Height was allow’d for him above to see. Dryden.

    An amphitheatre’s amazing height
    Here fills the eye with terror and delight. Addison.

    Guinea lieth to the North sea, in the same height as Peru to the South. George Abbot, Description of the World.

    From Alpine heights the father first descends;
    His daughter’s husband in the plain attends. John Dryden, Æn.

    Every man of learning need not enter into their difficulties, nor climb the heights to which some others have arrived. Isaac Watts.

    By him that rais’d me to this careful height,
    From that contented hap which I enjoy’d,
    I never did incense his majesty
    Against Clarence. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    Ten kings had from the Norman conqu’ror reign’d,
    When England to her greatest height attain’d,
    Of pow’r, dominion, glory, wealth and state. Daniel.

    Putrefaction doth not rise to its height at once. Francis Bacon.

    Did not she
    Of Timna first betray me, and reveal
    The secret, wrested from me in the height
    Of nuptial love profess’d? John Milton, Agonistes.

    Hide me from the face
    Of God, whom to behold was then my height
    Of happiness! John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x.

    Come on, sir; I shall now put you to the height of your breeding. William Shakespeare, All’s well that ends well.

    Social duties are carried to greater heights, and enforced with stronger motives, by the principles of our religion. Addis.


  1. Height

    Height is measure of vertical distance, either vertical extent (how "tall" something or someone is) or vertical position (how "high" a point is). For example, "The height of that building is 50 m" or "The height of an airplane in-flight is about 10,000 m". For example, "Christopher Columbus is 5 foot 2 inches in vertical height." When the term is used to describe vertical position (of, e.g., an airplane) from sea level, height is more often called altitude. Furthermore, if the point is attached to the Earth (e.g., a mountain peak), then altitude (height above sea level) is called elevation.In a two-dimensional Cartesian space, height is measured along the vertical axis (y) between a specific point and another that does not have the same y-value. If both points happen to have the same y-value, then their relative height is zero. In the case of three-dimensional space, height is measured along the vertical z axis, describing a distance from (or "above") the x-y plane.


  1. height

    Height is a measurement of how tall a specific object is, or the distance from the base to the top of something. It can refer to how high something is above the ground or above a certain level, or it can describe the stature of a person. In mathematics, it can also refer to the length of the perpendicular line from one side of a figure to an opposing point or side.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heightnoun

    the condition of being high; elevated position

  2. Heightnoun

    the distance to which anything rises above its foot, above that on which in stands, above the earth, or above the level of the sea; altitude; the measure upward from a surface, as the floor or the ground, of animal, especially of a man; stature

  3. Heightnoun

    degree of latitude either north or south

  4. Heightnoun

    that which is elevated; an eminence; a hill or mountain; as, Alpine heights

  5. Heightnoun

    elevation in excellence of any kind, as in power, learning, arts; also, an advanced degree of social rank; preeminence or distinction in society; prominence

  6. Heightnoun

    progress toward eminence; grade; degree

  7. Heightnoun

    utmost degree in extent; extreme limit of energy or condition; as, the height of a fever, of passion, of madness, of folly; the height of a tempest

  8. Etymology: [OE. heighte, heght, heighthe, AS. hehu, hhu fr. heah high; akin to D. hoogte, Sw. hjd, Dan. hide, Icel. h, Goth. hauhia. See High.]


  1. Height

    Height is the measurement of vertical distance, but has two meanings in common use. It can either indicate how "tall" something is, or how "high up" it is. For example "The height of the building is 50 m" or "The height of the airplane is 10,000 m". When used to describe how high something like an airplane or mountain peak is from sea level, height is more often called altitude. Height is measured along the vertical axis between a specified point and another point.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Height

    hīt, n. the condition of being high: distance upwards: that which is elevated: a hill: elevation in rank or excellence: utmost degree.—v.t. Height′en, to make higher, to advance or improve: to make brighter or more prominent. [Corr. of highth—A.S. híehtho, héahthuhéah, high.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. height

    Synonymous with hill, and meaning generally any ground above the common level of the place. Our early navigators used the word as a synonym of latitude.

Editors Contribution

  1. height

    A known measurement.

    The height of the person was measured.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 18, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Height is ranked #18540 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Height surname appeared 1,488 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Height.

    49.1% or 732 total occurrences were White.
    44.9% or 669 total occurrences were Black.
    3.1% or 47 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 22 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 11 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 7 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'height' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2707

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'height' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3300

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'height' in Nouns Frequency: #969

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of height in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of height in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of height in a Sentence

  1. Alan Hedge:

    The problem with standing [at work] is that when you raise desk height for keyboard/mouse use, you need to also raise screen height about the desk or you get neck flexion, neck flexion.

  2. Victor Hugo:

    There is no such thing as a little country. The greatness of a people is no more determined by their numbers than the greatness of a man is by his height.

  3. John Stuart Mill:

    That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next.

  4. Priscilla Moreland:

    Doesn’t the Air Force think that with the proper training I or my peers couldn’t excel as drone pilots? right now, the minimum height-limit starts at 5’4?. My daughter is 5’2?. What difference does it make what height you are when you are flying a drone? You are not actually sitting in an airplane.

  5. Harsh Malik:

    Great Struggle will always lead to Great Success. Hard work or smart work doesn’t matter. What matters is your COMMITMENT. Have the endurance to hunt for DREAMS. he who never gives up becomes unbeatable. Height of your persistence will decide the height of your success.

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