An elevation is a rise or the raising of something. Mountains have an elevation based on how high they are and your mood has an elevation as you get happier.

Elevation is a noun that tells how high something is raised above a surface or ground line. It's also a term for measuring things like temperatures or degrees. Your body temperature might have an elevation if you have the flu, just as the elevation of a hill increases as it gets steeper. Buildings have an elevation too: The front of a building from top to bottom is its front elevation of the structure.

Primary Meanings of elevation

distance of something above a reference point (such as sea level)
a raised or elevated geological formation
the event of something being raised upward
drawing of an exterior of a structure
Full Definitions of elevation

n distance of something above a reference point (such as sea level)

“there was snow at the higher elevations
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equality of elevation above sea level
altitude, height
elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface
grade, ground level
the height of the ground on which something stands
water level
the level of the surface of a body of water
height above ground
sea level
level of the ocean's surface (especially that halfway between mean high and low tide); used as a standard in reckoning land elevation or sea depth
(meteorology) altitude of the lowest layer of clouds
maximum altitude at which a plane can fly (under specified conditions)
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the property created by the space between two objects or points

n angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object)

ALT, EL, altitude
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angular position
relation by which any position with respect to any other position is established

n (ballet) the height of a dancer's leap or jump

“a dancer of exceptional elevation
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the distance leaped (or to be leaped)

n a raised or elevated geological formation

natural elevation
depression, natural depression
a sunken or depressed geological formation
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Cape Horn
a rocky headland belonging to Chile at the southernmost tip of South America (south of Tierra del Fuego)
a hill to the to the west of the Athenian acropolis where met the highest governmental council of ancient Athens and later a judicial court
a hill near Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified
originally a stronghold captured by David (the 2nd king of the Israelites); above it was built a temple and later the name extended to the whole hill; finally it became a synonym for the city of Jerusalem
Cotswold Hills
a range of low hills in southwestern England
Cheviot Hills
a range of hills on the border between England and Scotland
Pennine Chain
a system of hills in Britain that extend from the Scottish border in the north to the Trent River in the south; forms the watershed for English rivers
Seven Hills of Rome
the hills on which the ancient city of Rome was built
the most important of the Seven Hills of Rome; supposedly the location of the first settlement and the site of many imperial palaces
Laurentian Highlands
a large plateau that occupies more than 40% of the land area of Canada; it extends from the Great Lakes northward to the Arctic Ocean
a hill in Northumberland where the invading Scots were defeated by the English in 1513
Highlands of Scotland
a mountainous region of northern Scotland famous for its rugged beauty; known for the style of dress (the kilt and tartan) and the clan system (now in disuse)
Nilgiri Hills
hills in southern India
Mount Asama
a volcano in central Honshu near Nagano; one of the largest volcanoes in Japan (8,340 feet)
a wooded plateau in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France; the site of intense fighting in World War I and World War II
Mount Pinatubo
a volcano on Luzon to the northwest of Manila; erupted in 1991 after 600 years of dormancy
a central plateau region of the Arabian Peninsula; formerly an independent sultanate until 1932 when it united with Hejaz to form the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Rock of Gibraltar
location of a colony of the United Kingdom on a limestone promontory at the southern tip of Spain; strategically important because it can control the entrance of ships into the Mediterranean; one of the Pillars of Hercules
Capitol Hill
a hill in Washington, D.C., where the Capitol Building sits and Congress meets
Breed's Hill
a hill in Charlestown that was the site of the battle of Bunker Hill in 1775
Cape Hatteras
a promontory on Hatteras Island off the Atlantic coast of North Carolina
Black Hills
mountains in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming
Guiana Highlands
a mountainous tableland in northern South America; extends from Venezuela into Guyana and northern Brazil
an inactive volcano in western Cameroon; highest peak on the West African coast
Pico de Orizaba
an extinct volcano in southern Mexico between Mexico City and Veracruz; the highest peak in Mexico (18,695 feet)
Nevado de Colima
an active volcano in southwestern Mexico
an Andean volcano in northern Ecuador; last erupted in 1955
the world's largest active volcano; located in the Andes in north central Ecuador
an active volcano in northern Iran
El Misti
the world's 2nd largest active volcano; located in the Andes in southern Peru
Mount Etna
an inactive volcano in Sicily; last erupted in 1961; the highest volcano in Europe (10,500 feet)
a volcano in south central Guatemala
an extinct volcano in south central Honshu that is the highest peak in Japan; last erupted in 1707; famous for its symmetrical snow-capped peak; a sacred mountain and site for pilgrimages
an active volcano in southeastern Colombia in the Andes
the world's highest volcano; in the Andes in northern Chile; last erupted in 1959
an inactive volcano in the Andes in southern Peru; last erupted in 1783
an inactive volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula; last erupted in 1946
a small volcanic island in Indonesia between Java and Sumatra; its violent eruption in 1883 was the greatest in recorded history
a volcano in the Andes in Chile
Mauna Kea
an active volcano on north central Hawaii Island; highest peak in the Hawaiian Islands
Mauna Loa
an active volcano on south central Hawaii Island
an active volcano in eastern Congo
an active volcano in eastern Congo
an inactive volcano in the Andes in southern Colombia; last erupted in 1950
an inactive volcano in the Andes in central Ecuador; last erupted in 1946
an inactive volcano in central Chile; last erupted in 1959
Mount Saint Helens
an active volcano in the Cascade Range in southwestern Washington; erupted violently in 1980 after 123 years of inactivity
Mount Vesuvius
a volcano in southwestern Italy on the Mediterranean coast; a Plinian eruption in 79 AD buried Pompeii and killed Pliny the Elder; last erupted in 1944
Cambrian Mountains
a rugged plateau that runs north to south through central Wales
Cape Canaveral
a sandy promontory (formerly Cape Kennedy) extending into the Atlantic Ocean from a barrier island off the eastern coast of Florida; the site of a NASA center for spaceflight
Cape Sable
a promontory on the far southern part of Nova Scotia
Colorado Plateau
a large plateau to the south and west of the Rocky Mountains; abuts mountains on the north and east and ends in an escarpment overlooking lowlands to the south and west; the Grand Canyon is carved out of the southwestern corner
Great Barrier Reef
the largest coral reef in the world; in the Coral Sea off the northeastern coast of Australia
Jebel Musa
a promontory in northern Morocco opposite the Rock of Gibraltar; one of the Pillars of Hercules
Llano Estacado
a large semiarid plateau forming the southern part of the Great Plains
Massif Central
a mountainous plateau in southern France that covers almost one sixth of the country
San Juan Hill
a hill in eastern Cuba (near Santiago de Cuba) that was captured during the Spanish-American War
an atoll in the Marshall Islands; formerly used by the United States as a site for testing nuclear weapons
an atoll in the Marshall Islands; site of an amphibious assault in World War II; later used temporarily by the United States to test atomic bombs
an atoll in the western Marshall Islands that was used as a Japanese air and naval base during World War II
Midway Islands
an atoll in the Hawaiian Islands some 1300 miles to the northwest of Honolulu; site of an important United States naval base
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highland, upland
elevated (e.g., mountainous) land
a local and well-defined elevation of the land
mount, mountain
a land mass that projects well above its surroundings; higher than a hill
foreland, head, headland, promontory
a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea)
a long narrow natural elevation or striation
a rounded elevation (especially one on an ocean floor)
any high mountain
a long ridge or pile
a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore
a mountain or tall hill
a hill that rises abruptly from the surrounding region; has a flat top and sloping sides
(usually plural) a rolling treeless highland with little soil
dune, sand dune
a ridge of sand created by the wind; found in deserts or near lakes and oceans
(geology) a long winding ridge of post glacial gravel and other sediment; deposited by meltwater from glaciers or ice sheets
a relatively low hill on the lower slope of a mountain
hammock, hillock, hummock, knoll, mound
a small natural hill
ledge, shelf
a projecting ridge on a mountain or submerged under water
a term used in Scottish names of promontories
a promontory extending out into a large body of water
a submerged ridge of rock or coral near the surface of the water
ripple mark
one of a series of small ridges produced in sand by water currents or by wind
an underwater mountain rising above the ocean floor
plateau, tableland
a relatively flat highland
a high rocky hill
a mountain formed by volcanic material
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formation, geological formation
(geology) the geological features of the earth

n the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development

acme, height, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, tiptop, top
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degree, level, point, stage
a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process

n the event of something being raised upward

“an elevation of the temperature in the afternoon”
lift, raising
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ascension, ascent, rise, rising
a movement upward

n the act of increasing the wealth or prestige or power or scope of something

“his elevation to cardinal”
aggrandisement, aggrandizement
ego trip, self-aggrandisement, self-aggrandizement
an act undertaken to increase your own power and influence or to draw attention to your own importance
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increase, step-up
the act of increasing something

n drawing of an exterior of a structure

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architectural plan, plan
scale drawing of a structure