altitude Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface
- the altitude gave her a headache
noun the perpendicular distance from the base of a geometric figure to the opposite vertex (or side if parallel)
noun angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object)
EL; elevation; ALT.
Space extended upward; height; the perpendicular elevation of an object above its foundation, above the ground, or above a given level, or of one object above another; as, the. altitudeof a mountain, or of a bird above the top of a tree
(Astron.) The elevation of a point, or star, or other celestial object, above the horizon, measured by the arc of a vertical circle intercepted between such point and the horizon. It is either true or apparent; true when measured from the rational or real horizon, apparent when from the sensible or apparent horizon.
(Geom.) The perpendicular distance from the base of a figure to the summit, or to the side parallel to the base; as, the altitudeof a triangle, pyramid, parallelogram, frustum, etc.
Height of degree; highest point or degree.
He is [proud] even to the altitude of his virtue. Shak.
Height of rank or excellence; superiority.Swift.
Elevation of spirits; heroics; haughty airs.Colloq. Richardson.
The man of law began to get into his altitude. Sir W. Scott.
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