• Altitude


    • UK IPA: /ˈælt.ɪˌtjuːd/, /ˈælt.ɪˌt͡ʃuːd/
    • US IPA: /ˈælt.ɪˌtuːd/


    From Middle English, from Latin altitudo ("height"), from altus ("high").

    Full definition of altitude



    (plural altitudes)
    1. The absolute height of a location, usually measured from sea level.
      • 2013-06-07, David Simpson, Fantasy of navigation, Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.
    2. As the altitude increases, the temperature gets lower, so remember to bring warm clothes to the mountains.
    3. A vertical distance.
    4. (geometry) The distance measured perpendicularly from a figure's vertex to the opposite side of the vertex.
      The perpendicular height of a triangle is known as its altitude.
    5. (astronomy) The angular distance of a heavenly body above our Earth's horizon.
    6. Height of rank or excellence; superiority.
    7. (dated, in the plural) Elevation of spirits; heroics; haughty airs.
      • Sir Walter ScottThe man of law began to get into his altitudes.
    8. Highest point or degree.
      • ShakespeareHe is proud even to the altitude of his virtue.


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