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absolute altitude

noun, Aeronautics.
the vertical distance between a flying aircraft, rocket, etc., and the point on the earth's surface directly below it, as measured by an electronic altimeter (absolute altimeter)
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First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • That absolute altitude recording was a joy to read; it meant a definite relationship with the world.

    Brood of the Dark Moon Charles Willard Diffin

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