or hight

[ hahyt ]
/ haɪt /


Origin of height

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


3 tallness. 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.
5 prominence.
6 peak, pinnacle; acme, zenith; culmination.

Can be confused

altitude elevation height (see synonym study at the current entry)

Usage note

Height, and not heighth, is considered the standard English form for this word.
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British Dictionary definitions for height


/ (haɪt) /


Word Origin for height

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


[ hīt ]


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