noun a state of altered consciousness induced by alcohol or narcotics
they took drugs to get a high on
noun a high place
they stood on high and observed the countryside
he doesn't like heights
noun a public secondary school usually including grades 9 through 12
senior high school; senior high; high school; highschool.
he goes to the neighborhood highschool
noun a forward gear with a gear ratio that gives the greatest vehicle velocity for a given engine speed
adjective greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount
a high temperature
a high price
the high point of his career
has high hopes
the river is high
he has a high opinion of himself
adjective (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high')
a high mountain
a high forehead
a high incline
a foot high
adjective satellite standing above others in quality or position
people in high places
the high priest
eminent members of the community
adjective used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency
adjective satellite happy and excited and energetic
in high spirits.
adjective satellite (used of the smell of meat) smelling spoiled or tainted
adjective satellite slightly and pleasantly intoxicated from alcohol or a drug (especially marijuana)
adverb at a great altitude
he climbed high on the ladder
adverb in or to a high position, amount, or degree
prices have gone up far too high
adverb in a rich manner
he lives high
adverb far up toward the source
he lives high up the river
High intransitive verb
To hie. Obs.
Men must high them apace, and make haste.
OE. high, hegh, hey, heh, AS. heáh, hh; akin to OS. hh, OFries. hag, hach, D. hoog, OHG. hh, G. hoch, Icel. hr, Sw. hög, Dan. höi, Goth. hauhs, and to Icel. haugr mound, G. hügel hill, Lith. kaukaras.
comparativeHigher ; superlativeHighest
Elevated above any starting point of measurement, as a line, or surface; having altitude; lifted up; raised or extended in the direction of the zenith; lofty; tall; as, a high mountain, tower, tree; the sun is high.
Regarded as raised up or elevated; distinguished; remarkable; conspicuous; superior; -- used indefinitely or relatively, and often in figurative senses, which are understood from the connection; as -
(a)Elevated in character or quality, whether moral or intellectual; preëminent; honorable; as, high aims, or motives. "The highest faculty of the soul."
Baxter.(b)Exalted in social standing or general estimation, or in rank, reputation, office, and the like; dignified; as, she was welcomed in the highest circles.
He was a wight of high renown.
(c)Of noble birth; illustrious; as, of high family.
(d)Of great strength, force, importance, and the like; strong; mighty; powerful; violent; sometimes, triumphant; victorious; majestic, etc.; as, ahigh wind; high passions. "With rather a high manner."
Strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
Ps. lxxxix. 13.
Can heavenly minds such high resentment show?
(e)Very abstract; difficult to comprehend or surmount; grand; noble.
Both meet to hear and answer such high things.
Plain living and high thinking are no more.
(f)Costly; dear in price; extravagant; as, to hold goods at a high price.
If they must be good at so high a rate, they know they may be safe at a cheaper.
(g)Arrogant; lofty; boastful; proud; ostentatious; -- used in a bad sense.
An high look and a proud heart . . . is sin.
Prov. xxi. 4.
His forces, after all the high discourses, amounted really but to eighteen hundred foot.
Possessing a characteristic quality in a supreme or superior degree; as, high (i. e., intense) heat; high (i. e., full or quite) noon; high (i. e., rich or spicy) seasoning; high (i. e., complete) pleasure; high (i. e., deep or vivid) color; high (i. e., extensive, thorough) scholarship, etc.
High time it is this war now ended were.
High sauces and spices are fetched from the Indies.
(Cookery)Strong-scented; slightly tainted; as, epicures do not cook game before it is high.
(Mus.)Acute or sharp; -- opposed to grave or low; as, a high note.
(Phon.)Made with a high position of some part of the tongue in relation to the palate, as e (eve), &oomac; (f&oomac;d). See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 10, 11.Syn. -- Tall; lofty; elevated; noble; exalted; supercilious; proud; violent; full; dear. See Tall.
In a high manner; in a high place; to a great altitude; to a great degree; largely; in a superior manner; eminently; powerfully. "And reasoned high." Milton. "I can not reach so high." Shak.
✍ High is extensively used in the formation of compound words, most of which are of very obvious signification; as, high-aimed, high-arched, high-aspiring, high-bearing, high-boasting, high-browed, high-crested, high-crowned, high-designing, high-engendered, high-feeding, high-flaming, high-flavored, high-gazing, high-heaped, high-heeled, high-priced, high-reared, high-resolved, high-rigged, high-seated, high-shouldered, high-soaring, high-towering, high-voiced, and the like.
An elevated place; a superior region; a height; the sky; heaven.