- 1The height of an object or point in relation to sea level or ground level: flight data including airspeed and altitude [count noun]: flying at altitudes over 15,000 feetMore example sentences
- In its upper reaches, climbers are at heights equal to the cruising altitudes for passenger jets.
- Therefore, the airplane may not be controllable at lower altitudes and airspeeds.
- Air at very high altitude smells completely different to lower altitudes.
- 1.1Great height: the mechanism can freeze at altitudeMore example sentences
- The material soaks up water that freezes at altitude and can cause delamination that may not be readily visible.
- Both nations have struggled in recent years while playing at altitude, where the thin air hands an advantage to those acclimatised to the conditions.
- Most people dont sleep well at altitude.
- 1.2 Astronomy The apparent height of a celestial object above the horizon, measured in angular distance.More example sentences
- A scale along the staff showed the altitude, or angle above the horizon, of the body.
- Also, on any given day the Sun circles the sky at the same apparent altitude.
- Like other nautical instruments its primary function was to measure the altitude of the sun or a star above the horizon.
- 1.3 Geometry The length of the perpendicular line from a vertex to the opposite side of a figure.More example sentences
- Let y be the altitude of the triangular cross section of the wedge in Figure 6a cut by a plane at distance x from the base.
- This is a good deal like having a theory that tells us that the area of a plane figure is one-half the base times the altitude, without telling us for what figures this holds.
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- Eastern birds may migrate south, but western populations are more often altitudinal migrants, moving from the mountains into nearby lowlands in winter.
- However, they commonly make altitudinal movements as seasons change and in dry seasons they may move beyond their normal range in search of food.
- Most species are sedentary, although some make nomadic wanderings and altitudinal shifts in response to food availability.
late Middle English: from Latin altitudo, from altus 'high'.