DIMENSIONS: MEASURE / Proportion
Height refers to something measured vertically whether high or low.
R E F E R E N C E S
Growth n [ME heighthe, fr. OE, hiehthu; akin to OHO hóhida height, OE héah high] [bef 12c] 1a: the highest part: Summit b: highest or most advanced point: Zenith [at the __ of his powers] 2a: the distance from the bottom to the top of something standing upright b: the extent of elevation above a level 3: the condition of being tall or high 4a: an extent of land rising to a considerable degree above the surrounding country b: a high point or position 5 obs: an advanced social rank
-syn. HEIGHT, ALTITUDE, ELEVATION mean vertical distance either between the top and bottom of something or between a base and something above it. HEIGHT refers to something measured vertically whether high or low [a wall two meters in height]. Altitude and Elevation apply to height as measured by angular measurement or atmospheric pressure: Altitude is preferable when referring to vertical distance above the surface of the earth or above sea level: Elevation is used esp. in reference to vertical height on land [fly at an altitude of 10,000 meters] [Denver is a city with a high elevation]
[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]
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