- a high place above a level; a hill or mountain: They stood on the heights overlooking the valley.
- the highest part; top; apex; summit: In his dreams he reached the heights.
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Examples from the Web for hights
Historical Examples of hights
Let us approach it at the lower price of climbing Maryland Hights.The Secret Service.
Albert D. Richardson
G going into bivouac in a dense pine thicket on the hights beyond.Company G
A. R. (Albert Rowe) Barlow
Yea, on the hights of Moorfield his voice may be heard proclaiming loudly for "hard tack and coffee," yet he murmureth not.
Their appearance seemed to stir the brown mass lying on the hights a mile in front of them to action.Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)
Word Origin for height
Word Origin for hight
"named, called" (archaic), from levelled past participle of Middle English highte, from Old English hatte "I am called" (passive of hatan "to call, name, command") merged with heht "called," active past tense of the same verb. Hatte was the only survival in Old English of the old Germanic synthetic passive tense. The word is related to Old Norse heita, Dutch heten, German heißen, Gothic haitan "to call, be called, command" (see cite).
Old English hiehþu, Anglian hehþo "highest part or point, summit; the heavens, heaven," from root of heah "high" (see high) + -itha, Germanic abstract noun suffix. Cf. Old Norse hæð, Middle Dutch hoochte, Old High German hohida, Gothic hauhiþa "height." Meaning "distance from bottom to top" is from late 13c. Meaning "excellence, high degree of a quality" is late 14c. The modern pronunciation with -t emerged 13c., but wasn't established till 19c., and heighth is still colloquial.