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high jump

noun, Track.
a field event in which athletes, using a running start, compete in jumping for height over a crossbar supported by two upright poles.
a jump for height made in this event.
Origin of high jump


[hahy-juhmp] /ˈhaɪˌdʒʌmp/
verb (used without object)
to participate in the high jump; compete as a high jumper.
verb (used with object)
to clear or attempt to clear (a specified height) in a high jump:
a goal of high-jumping his own height. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "And the School House will get the high jump," said Lettice.

  • But before taking a high jump she liked to know what was on the other side.

    The Following of the Star Florence L. Barclay
  • Indeed, at the high jump he equalled, and at the short race had even excelled him.

    The Hot Swamp R.M. Ballantyne
  • They got first in the broad jump and pole vault, and tied for the high jump.

  • In the field events, the high jump alone was certain to yield a first to the Purple.

    On Your Mark! Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Lifting him to his feet, he said: "Now it is my turn to try the high jump!"

    Old Indian Legends Zitkala-Sa
  • We may get the high jump, but if we dont, and Tom and Sid make good, well win the championship.

    For the Honor of Randall Lester Chadwick
  • I am sure a young lady who can climb a tree looks capable of doing a high jump!'

    A Terrible Tomboy Angela Brazil
  • The high jump came next on the programme; juniors led the way and showed much agility.

British Dictionary definitions for high jump

high jump

  1. the high jump, an athletic event in which a competitor has to jump over a high bar set between two vertical supports
  2. (as modifier): high-jump techniques
(Brit, informal) be for the high jump, to be liable to receive a severe reprimand or punishment
Derived Forms
high jumper, noun
high jumping, noun
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