View synonyms for height


[ hahyt ]


  1. extent or distance upward:

    The balloon stopped rising at a height of 500 feet.

    Antonyms: depth

  2. distance upward from a given level to a fixed point:

    the height from the ground to the first floor; the height of an animal at the shoulder.

    Antonyms: depth

  3. the distance between the lowest and highest points of a person standing upright; stature:

    She is five feet in height.

    Synonyms: tallness

  4. considerable or great altitude or elevation:

    the height of the mountains.

  5. Often heights.
    1. a high place above a level; a hill or mountain:

      They stood on the heights overlooking the valley.

    2. the highest part; top; apex; summit:

      In his dreams he reached the heights.

    Synonyms: prominence

  6. the highest point; utmost degree:

    the height of power; the height of pleasure.

    Synonyms: culmination, zenith, acme, pinnacle, peak

  7. Archaic. high rank in social status.


/ haɪt /


  1. the vertical distance from the bottom or lowest part of something to the top or apex
  2. the vertical distance of an object or place above the ground or above sea level; altitude
  3. relatively great altitude or distance from the bottom to the top
  4. the topmost point; summit
  5. astronomy the angular distance of a celestial body above the horizon
  6. the period of greatest activity or intensity

    the height of the battle

  7. an extreme example of its kind

    the height of rudeness

  8. often plural an area of high ground
  9. often plural the state of being far above the ground

    I don't like heights

  10. often plural a position of influence, fame, or power

    the giddy heights they occupied in the 1980s

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Spelling Note

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of height1

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English hīehtho. See high, -th 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of height1

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

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Synonym Study

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.

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Example Sentences

A surfer cares about wave heights, not the jostling of water molecules.

The difference between the ice cube and the final tower height was zero every time.

The plan would raise the height limit not just for the Sports Arena area but the entire Midway corridor down to Old Town.

Falling ad prices on TV earlier this spring amid the height of the coronavirus crisis caught the attention of a number of direct-to-consumer brands, as previously reported by Digiday.

From Digiday

The last time it reached such heights was January 2018, when a massive volatility shock sent the index into a correction.

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This is a Hollywood director at the height of his powers creating original, wildly ambitious epics.

During the height of his disenchantment, he visited his hometown where an old friend gave him some liquid acid.

At the height of the Soviet Union, the proletariat universally understood everything their government said was a work of fiction.

Recipients in a cryobank can peruse donor files and see hair color, eye color, race, height, IQ, and so on.

From the height of 700 feet, a lush uniform green obscured the destruction unfolding below him.

All please noteHis wondrous height and girth; He has the longest legs and throatOf anything on earth.

And now, escaped from her room, even at this height there came upon him again the hot sluggishness of London.

The height of the tower from the level of the street is 105 feet, the slated towers over the lateral pediments being smaller.

The purpose of these larger windows is the effectual lighting of the Boardroom, which is of the height of two storeys.

She was barely five feet five, but she ranked with tall women, her height as unchallenged as the chiselling of her profile.


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