[ al-tim-i-tree ]
/ ælˈtɪm ɪ tri /


the science of measuring altitudes, as by altimeters.

Origin of altimetry

First recorded in 1690–1700; alti- + -metry
Related formsal·ti·met·ri·cal [al-tuh-me-tri-kuh l] /ˌæl təˈmɛ trɪ kəl/, adjectiveal·ti·met·ri·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for altimetry

  • Associated words: altimetry, altimeter, hypsometry, hypsometer.

    Putnam's Word Book|Louis A. Flemming

British Dictionary definitions for altimetry


/ (ælˈtɪmɪtrɪ) /


the science of measuring altitudes, as with an altimeter
Derived Formsaltimetrical (ˌæltɪˈmɛtrɪkəl), adjectivealtimetrically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for altimetry



1690s, from Medieval Latin altimetria, from Latin alti- "high" (see old) + Greek -metria (see -metry).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper