height

[ hahyt ]
/ haɪt /

noun

Sometimes hight . Also Nonstandard, heighth [hahytth] /haɪtθ/ .

Origin of height

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English hīehtho. See high, -th1

synonym study for height

3. Height, altitude, elevation refer to distance above a level. Height denotes extent upward (as from foot to head) as well as any measurable distance above a given level: The tree grew to a height of ten feet. They looked down from a great height. Altitude usually refers to the distance, determined by instruments, above a given level, commonly mean sea level: altitude of an airplane. Elevation implies a distance to which something has been raised or uplifted above a level: a hill's elevation above the surrounding country, above sea level.

usage note for height

Height, and not heighth, is considered the standard English form for this word.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH height

altitude, elevation, height (see synonym study at the current entry).
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British Dictionary definitions for height

height
/ (haɪt) /

noun

Word Origin for height

Old English hīehthu; related to Old Norse hǣthe, Gothic hauhitha, Old High German hōhida; see high
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Medical definitions for height

height
[ hīt ]

n.

The distance from the base of something to the top.
Stature, especially of the human body.
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