height

The noun height can mean the measurement of something from bottom to top. A pediatrician will measure the height of a child to make sure they are growing at a normal and healthy rate.

Height derives from the Old English word hehthu, meaning "top of something." To measure your height, you measure the distance from the floor to the top of your head. The height of a mountain is its elevation above sea level (the height of Mt. Everest, for instance, is 29,029 feet). Height can also mean the most extreme or intense part of something: The height of cherry blossom season in Japan is late March through early April.

Definitions of height
  1. noun
    the vertical dimension of extension; distance from the base of something to the top
    synonyms: tallness
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    highness, loftiness
    the quality of being high or lofty
    lowness
    the quality of being low; lacking height
    squatness, stubbiness
    the property of being short and broad
    shortness, truncation
    the property of being truncated or short
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    dimension
    the magnitude of something in a particular direction (especially length or width or height)
  2. noun
    elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface
    synonyms: altitude
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    level
    height above ground
    ceiling
    (meteorology) altitude of the lowest layer of clouds
    ceiling
    maximum altitude at which a plane can fly (under specified conditions)
    absolute ceiling
    the maximum altitude at which an airplane can maintain horizontal flight
    combat ceiling, service ceiling
    altitude above which a plane cannot climb faster than a given rate
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    elevation
    distance of something above a reference point (such as sea level)
  3. noun
    (of a standing person) the distance from head to foot
    synonyms: stature
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    tallness
    the property of being taller than average stature
    shortness
    the property of being shorter than average stature
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    bodily property
    an attribute of the body
  4. noun
    the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
    “at the height of her career”
    synonyms: acme, elevation, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, tiptop, top, zenith
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    degree, level, point, stage
    a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process
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