[ 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 forms

non·el·e·va·tion, nounre·el·e·va·tion, noun

Can be confused

altitude elevation height (see synonym study at height)
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British Dictionary definitions for elevation


/ (ˌɛlɪˈveɪʃən) /


Derived Forms

elevational, adjective
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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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