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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Height  \Height\,  n.  [Written  also  {hight}.]  [OE.  heighte,  heght, 
  heighthe  AS  he['a]h?u,  fr  heah  high;  akin  to  D.  hoogte 
  Sw  h["o]jd,  Dan.  h["o]ide,  Icel.  h[ae]?,  Goth.  hauhipa  See 
  {High}.] 
  1.  The  condition  of  being  high;  elevated  position. 
 
  Behold  the  height  of  the  stars,  how  high  they  are! 
  --Job  xxii. 
  12. 
 
  2.  The  distance  to  which  anything  rises  above  its  foot,  above 
  that  on  which  in  stands,  above  the  earth,  or  above  the 
  level  of  the  sea;  altitude;  the  measure  upward  from  a 
  surface,  as  the  floor  or  the  ground,  of  animal,  especially 
  of  a  man;  stature.  --Bacon. 
 
  [Goliath's]  height  was  six  cubits  and  a  span.  --1 
  Sam.  xvii.  4. 
 
  3.  Degree  of  latitude  either  north  or  south.  [Obs.] 
 
  Guinea  lieth  to  the  north  sea,  in  the  same  height  as 
  Peru  to  the  south.  --Abp.  Abbot. 
 
  4.  That  which  is  elevated;  an  eminence;  a  hill  or  mountain; 
  as  Alpine  heights.  --Dryden. 
 
  5.  Elevation  in  excellence  of  any  kind  as  in  power, 
  learning,  arts;  also  an  advanced  degree  of  social  rank; 
  pre["e]minence  or  distinction  in  society;  prominence. 
 
  Measure  your  mind's  height  by  the  shade  it  casts. 
  --R.  Browning. 
 
  All  would  in  his  power  hold  all  make  his  subjects. 
  --Chapman. 
 
  6.  Progress  toward  eminence;  grade;  degree. 
 
  Social  duties  are  carried  to  greater  heights,  and 
  enforced  with  stronger  motives  by  the  principles  of 
  our  religion.  --Addison. 
 
  7.  Utmost  degree  in  extent;  extreme  limit  of  energy  or 
  condition;  as  the  height  of  a  fever,  of  passion,  of 
  madness,  of  folly;  the  height  of  a  tempest. 
 
  My  grief  was  at  the  height  before  thou  camest. 
  --Shak. 
 
  {On  height},  aloud.  [Obs.] 
 
  [He]  spake  these  same  words  all  on  hight. 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  height 
  n  1:  the  vertical  dimension  of  extension;  distance  from  the  base 
  of  something  to  the  top  [syn:  {tallness}] 
  2:  the  highest  level  or  degree  attainable:  "his  landscapes  were 
  deemed  the  acme  of  beauty";  "the  artist's  gifts  are  at 
  their  acme";  "at  the  height  of  her  career";  "the  peak  of 
  perfection";  "summer  was  at  its  peak";  "...catapulted 
  Einstein  to  the  pinnacle  of  fame";  "the  summit  of  his 
  ambition";  "so  many  highest  superlatives  achieved  by  man"; 
  "at  the  top  of  his  profession"  [syn:  {acme},  {elevation}, 
  {peak},  {pinnacle},  {summit},  {superlative},  {top}] 
  3:  natural  height  of  a  person  or  animal  in  an  upright  position 
  [syn:  {stature}] 
  4:  elevation  esp  above  sea  level  or  the  earth's  surface  [syn:  {altitude}] 




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