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height
American English: /haɪt/
British English: /hʌɪt/

Translation of height in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 1.1 uncountable or countable (tallness — of object) of average height
    de estatura or de talla mediana
    what height are you? she drew herself up to her full height
    se irguió cuan alta era
    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.
    1.2 countable or uncountable (above ground, sea level) to gain/lose height (Aviation)
    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 (being tall) height is a major advantage for a basketball player
    la altura or ser alto es una gran ventaja para un jugador de baloncesto
  • 2 (culmination, peak) (no 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] 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
    • 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.
    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
    also: 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

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