high jump

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noun Track.

a field event in which athletes, using a running start, compete in jumping for height over a crossbar supported by two upright poles.
a jump for height made in this event.



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Origin of high jump

First recorded in 1890–95

Definition for high jump (2 of 2)

[ hahy-juhmp ]
/ ˈhaɪˌdʒʌmp /

verb (used without object)

to participate in the high jump; compete as a high jumper.

verb (used with object)

to clear or attempt to clear (a specified height) in a high jump: a goal of high-jumping his own height.
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British Dictionary definitions for high jump

high jump


  1. the high jump an athletic event in which a competitor has to jump over a high bar set between two vertical supports
  2. (as modifier)high-jump techniques
be for the high jump British informal to be liable to receive a severe reprimand or punishment

Derived forms of high jump

high jumper, nounhigh jumping, noun
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