Origin of elevation

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin ēlevātiōn- (stem of ēlevātiō), equivalent to ēlevāt(us) (see elevate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·el·e·va·tion, nounre·el·e·va·tion, noun
Can be confusedaltitude elevation height (see synonym study at height)

Synonyms for elevation

1. See height. 3. height; hill; mountain; plateau. 4. exaltation, nobility.

Antonyms for elevation

1. depth.
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British Dictionary definitions for elevation



the act of elevating or the state of being elevated
the height of something above a given or implied place, esp above sea level
a raised area; height
nobleness or grandeur; loftinesselevation of thought
a drawing to scale of the external face of a building or structureCompare plan (def. 3), ground plan (def. 1)
the external face of a building or structure
a ballet dancer's ability to leap high
RC Church the lifting up of the Host at Mass for adoration
astronomy another name for altitude (def. 3)
the angle formed between the muzzle of a gun and the horizontal
surveying the angular distance between the plane through a point of observation and an object above itCompare depression (def. 7)
linguistics another term for amelioration
Derived Formselevational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for elevation

late 14c., "a rising, height of something," from Old French elevation and directly from Latin elevationem (nominative elevatio) "a lifting up," noun of action from past participle stem of elevare (see elevate). Meaning "act of elevating" is from 1520s.

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elevation in Science



The vertical distance between a standard reference point, such as sea level, and the top of an object or point on the Earth, such as a mountain. At 8,850 m (29,028 ft), the summit of Mount Everest is the highest elevation on Earth.
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