the height to which something is elevated or to which it rises: The elevation of the tower is 80 feet.
the altitude of a place above sea level or ground level.
an elevated place, thing, or part; an eminence.
loftiness; grandeur or dignity; nobleness: elevation of mind.
the act of elevating.
the state of being elevated.
Architecture. a drawing or design that represents an object or structure as being projected geometrically on a vertical plane parallel to one of its sides.
Also called angle of elevation. the angle between the line from an observer or instrument to an object above the observer or instrument and a horizontal line.
the distance above a datum level.
the ability of a dancer to stay in the air while executing a step or the height thus attained.
the Elevation, Roman Catholic Church. the lifting by the celebrant of the Eucharistic elements immediately after consecration, for adoration by the communicants.

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin ēlevātiōn- (stem of ēlevātiō), equivalent to ēlevāt(us) (see elevate) + -iōn- -ion

nonelevation, noun
reelevation, noun

altitude, elevation, height (see synonym study at height).

1. See height. 3. height; hill; mountain; plateau. 4. exaltation, nobility.

1. depth. Unabridged
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elevation (ˌɛlɪˈveɪʃən)
1.  the act of elevating or the state of being elevated
2.  the height of something above a given or implied place, esp above sea level
3.  a raised area; height
4.  nobleness or grandeur; loftiness: elevation of thought
5.  plan Compare ground plan a drawing to scale of the external face of a building or structure
6.  the external face of a building or structure
7.  a ballet dancer's ability to leap high
8.  RC Church the lifting up of the Host at Mass for adoration
9.  astronomy another name for altitude
10.  the angle formed between the muzzle of a gun and the horizontal
11.  surveying Compare depression the angular distance between the plane through a point of observation and an object above it
12.  linguistics another term for amelioration

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., height of something, from L. elevationem, noun of action from elevare (see elevate). Meaning act of elevating is from 1520s.
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elevation   (ěl'ə-vā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
The vertical distance between a standard reference point, such as sea level, and the top of an object or point on the Earth, such as a mountain. At 8,850 m (29,028 ft), the summit of Mount Everest is the highest elevation on Earth.
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