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height

Pronunciation: /haɪt/

Translation of height in Spanish:

noun/nombre

  • 1 1.1 u and c (tallness — of object) altura (feminine); (— of person) estatura (feminine), talla (feminine) of average height de estatura or de talla mediana what height are you? ¿cuánto mides? she drew herself up to her full height se irguió cuan alta era 1.2 c and u (above ground, sea level) altura (feminine) to gain/lose height [Aviation/Aviación] ganar/perder* altura at a height of 2,000m above sea level a una altura de 2.000m sobre el nivel del mar
    Example sentences
    • Climate is in turn controlled not only by latitude but also by height above sea level.
    • Consider, first, a fairly crude altimeter, a device used for measuring altitude or height above sea level.
    • It is a long way, and the average height above sea level is more than 2000 metres.
    1.3 uncountable/no numerable (being tall) altura (feminine) height is a major advantage for a basketball player la altura or ser alto es una gran ventaja para un jugador de baloncesto
    Example sentences
    • The most significant outcome is weakening of the skeleton leading to fractures, loss of height, impaired quality of life and even death.
    • I always stipulate: stand tall, use your height.
    • I'm not very tall, but what height I do have is mostly legs.
  • 2 (culmination, peak) (no plural/sin plural) to be at the height of one's power/fame estar* en la cima or en la cumbre or en la cúspide de su ( or mi etc) poder/fama when the battle/storm was at its height en plena batalla/tormenta at the height of the recession/season en el punto álgido de la recesión/de la temporada, en plena recesión/temporada the height of luxury el colmo or [colloquial/familiar] el no va más del lujo the height of fashion el último grito (de la moda) it's the height of madness es el colmo de la locura
    Example sentences
    • By 1998, he was the most popular British prime minister in recorded history, still at the height of his honeymoon period.
    • She was at the height of the initial period of her career and once more every single song on the album is alive.
    • Ostensibly, the theme of the exhibit was the effect of colonialism on Africa, particularly at the height of the colonial period.
  • 3
    (heights plural)
    3.1 (high ground) cerros (masculine plural), cumbres (feminine plural) 3.2 (high places, buildings) alturas (feminine plural) to be afraid of heights sufrir de vértigo
    Example sentences
    • She was average in height, about five foot five at most, though she was no less beautiful for this.
    • The dead man was aged between 25 and 45, was five feet ten in height, weighed ten-and-a-half stones and had dark brown wavy hair.
    • The stone is about twelve feet in height and four in breadth with the hole near the top.
    3.3 (highest level) speculation rose to new o fresh heights la especulación alcanzó nuevas cotas
    Example sentences
    • A mum-of-two is planning a daring jump out of a plane - despite being terrified of heights.
    • They split into three units, posted themselves on heights overlooking the trail.
    • With some stunts requiring her to withstand six times the force of gravity, her fear of heights was soon forgotten.

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