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[hahyt] /haɪt/
extent or distance upward:
The balloon stopped rising at a height of 500 feet.
distance upward from a given level to a fixed point:
the height from the ground to the first floor; the height of an animal at the shoulder.
the distance between the lowest and highest points of a person standing upright; stature:
She is five feet in height.
considerable or great altitude or elevation:
the height of the mountains.
Often, heights.
  1. a high place above a level; a hill or mountain:
    They stood on the heights overlooking the valley.
  2. the highest part; top; apex; summit:
    In his dreams he reached the heights.
the highest point; utmost degree:
the height of power; the height of pleasure.
Archaic. high rank in social status.
Also, hight.
before 900; Middle English; Old English hīehtho. See high, -th1
Can be confused
altitude, elevation, height (see synonym study at the current entry)
3. tallness. Height, altitude, elevation refer to distance above a level. Height denotes extent upward (as from foot to head) as well as any measurable distance above a given level: The tree grew to a height of ten feet. They looked down from a great height. Altitude usually refers to the distance, determined by instruments, above a given level, commonly mean sea level: altitude of an airplane. Elevation implies a distance to which something has been raised or uplifted above a level: a hill's elevation above the surrounding country, above sea level. 5. prominence. 6. peak, pinnacle; acme, zenith; culmination.
1, 2. depth.
Usage note
Height, and not heighth, is considered the standard English form for this word. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for heights
  • Even a flat planting with a foliage screen of differing heights would work, if one lacked wall-building skills.
  • These potatoes soar to new heights when topped with green beans.
  • The market capitalization of the for-profit sector of higher education shot up to dizzying heights.
  • Investments have bounced back, but not to their former heights.
  • The bar to gain tenure or to get promoted has risen to nearly impossible heights.
  • We may come back to the many efforts of lyricism in the text, which don't often scale the intended heights.
  • Look at famous pot smokers past and present who have risen to great heights.
  • Heritability can also be used to predict an individual's height if the parents' heights are known.
  • What happens next depends on the size of the two dunes, particularly their heights.
  • Excellent growing weather and good harvests provided temporary relief, but prices have once again soared to record heights.
British Dictionary definitions for heights


the vertical distance from the bottom or lowest part of something to the top or apex
the vertical distance of an object or place above the ground or above sea level; altitude
relatively great altitude or distance from the bottom to the top
the topmost point; summit
(astronomy) the angular distance of a celestial body above the horizon
the period of greatest activity or intensity: the height of the battle
an extreme example of its kind: the height of rudeness
(often pl) an area of high ground
(often pl) the state of being far above the ground: I don't like heights
(often pl) a position of influence, fame, or power: the giddy heights they occupied in the 1980s
Word Origin
Old English hīehthu; related to Old Norse hǣthe, Gothic hauhitha, Old High German hōhida; see high
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Word Origin and History for heights



Old English hiehþu, Anglian hehþo "highest part or point, summit; the heavens, heaven," from root of heah "high" (see high) + -itha, Germanic abstract noun suffix. Cf. Old Norse hæð, Middle Dutch hoochte, Old High German hohida, Gothic hauhiþa "height." Meaning "distance from bottom to top" is from late 13c. Meaning "excellence, high degree of a quality" is late 14c. The modern pronunciation with -t emerged 13c., but wasn't established till 19c., and heighth is still colloquial.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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heights in Medicine

height (hīt)

  1. The distance from the base of something to the top.

  2. Stature, especially of the human body.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for heights



Excellent; unsurpassed; great, way rad: The gloves I got for Christmas are height

[mid-1980s+ Hip-hop; probably a shortening of the height of fashion]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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