[ el-uh-vey-shuhn ]
/ ˌɛl əˈveɪ ʃən /


Origin of elevation

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin ēlevātiōn- (stem of ēlevātiō), equivalent to ēlevāt(us) (see elevate) + -iōn- -ion
SYNONYMS FOR elevation
1 See height.
3 height; hill; mountain; plateau.
4 exaltation, nobility.
Related formsnon·el·e·va·tion, nounre·el·e·va·tion, noun
Can be confusedaltitude elevation height (see synonym study at height)
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British Dictionary definitions for elevation


/ (ˌɛlɪˈveɪʃən) /


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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Science definitions for elevation


[ ĕl′ə-vāshən ]

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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