Definition of height in English:

height

Syllabification: height
Pronunciation: /hīt
 
/

noun

1The measurement from base to top or (of a standing person) from head to foot: columns rising to 65 feet in height both men were of average height
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  • 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.
1.1Elevation above ground or a recognized level (typically sea level): the glider is gaining height
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  • 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.
Synonyms
size, tallness, extent upward, vertical measurement, elevation, stature, altitude
1.2The quality of being tall or high: his height seems to work to his advantage
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  • 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.
2A high place or area: he’s terrified of heights
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  • 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.
Synonyms
3The most intense part or period of something: the height of the tourist season at the height of his career they took consumerism to new heights
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  • 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.
Synonyms
highest point, crowning moment, peak, acme, zenith, apogee, pinnacle, climax, high-water mark
3.1An extreme instance or example of something: it would be the height of bad manners not to attend the wedding
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  • Are they, for example, the height of London street fashion?
  • A lady of the utmost integrity, Celia commanded the height of regard and respect throughout the region.
  • From the height of urban iniquity we move to the ultimate city stillness.
Synonyms
epitome, acme, zenith, quintessence, very limit; ultimate, utmost; ne plus ultra

Origin

Old English hēhthu (in the sense 'top of something'), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoogte, also to high.

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Pronunciation: ˈapəzit
adjective
apt in the circumstances or relation to something