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Definition of height noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the measurement of how tall a person or thing is Height: 8.5 inches. Width: 2.25 inches. Length: 6.75 inches. Please state your height and weight. It is almost 6 feet in height. She is the same height as her sister. to be of medium/average height You can adjust the height of the chair. The table is available in several different heights.
  2. being tall
  3. 2[uncountable] the quality of being tall or high She worries about her height (= that she is too tall). The height of the mountain did not discourage them.
  4. distance above ground
  5. 3[countable, uncountable] a particular distance above the ground The plane flew at a height of 9,000 feet. The stone was dropped from a great height. The aircraft was gaining height. to be at shoulder/chest/waist height
  6. high place
  7. 4[countable, usually plural] (often used in names) a high place or position Brooklyn Heights a fear of heights We looked out over the city from the heights of the Space Needle. The pattern of the ancient fields is clearly visible from a height.
  8. strongest point/level
  9. 5[singular] the point when something is at its best or strongest He is at the height of his career. She is still at the height of her powers. I wouldn't go there at the height of summer. The fire reached its height around 2 a.m. The crisis was at its height in May.
  10. 6heights [plural] a better or greater level of something; a situation where something is very good Their success had reached new heights. She dreamed of reaching the dizzy heights of stardom. He didn't know it was possible to reach such heights of happiness.
  11. extreme example
  12. 7[singular] height of something an extreme example of a particular quality She was dressed in the height of fashion. It would be the height of folly (= very stupid) to change course now.
  13. Word Familyhigh adjective noun adverbhighly adverbheight nounheighten verbIdioms
    the dizzy heights (of something) (informal)
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    an important or impressive position They reached the dizzy heights of Number 11 in the charts.
    draw yourself up/rise to your full height
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    to stand straight and tall in order to show your determination or high status
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: height