Definition of height noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    height

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    noun
    BrE BrE//haɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//haɪt//
     
     
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    measurement
  1. 1  [uncountable, countable] the measurement of how tall a person or thing is Height: 210 mm. Width: 57 mm. Length: 170 mm. Please state your height and weight. It is almost 2 metres 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 3 000 metres. 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 He doesn't have a head for heights (= is afraid of high places). a fear of heights We looked out over the city from the heights of Edinburgh Castle. 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 in 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. 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 It would be the height of folly (= very stupid) to change course now. She was dressed in the height of fashion. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  13. Word Familyhigh adjective noun adverbhighly adverbheight nounheighten verb Word Origin Old English hēhthu (in the sense ‘top of something’), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoogte, also to high.Extra examples Bring your hands to shoulder height. He drew himself up to his full height and glared at us. Her great height was rather a handicap. She rose to undreamed-of heights of power and fame. Such a course of action would be the very height of folly The animal lives in lakes at a height of 6 000 feet above sea level. The animal lives in lakes near Mexico City, at a height of 6 000 to 7 000 feet above sea level. The balloon reached a height of 20 000 feet. The condor soars above the mountain heights. The fire reached its height around 2 a.m. The group’s popularity reached new heights when they got a top ten hit. The group’s popularity reached new heights when they released their second album. The housing market was at its height in the early part of the decade. The object had clearly fallen from a considerable height. The pattern of the ancient fields is clearly visible from a height. The pilot was unable to maintain height. The plane was beginning to lose height. The plants grow to a maximum height of 24 inches. The wall is 2.5 metres in height. They have risen to the dizzy heights of the semi-finals. They were the first expedition to scale the heights of Everest. a man of middle height He didn’t know it was possible to reach such heights of happiness. He is of medium height and slim build. I wouldn’t go there in the height of summer. She dreamed of reaching the dizzy heights of stardom. She is still at the height of her powers. She worries about her height. Their success had reached new heights.Idioms
    the dizzy heights (of something)
     
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    (informal) an important or impressive position She dreamed of reaching the dizzy heights of stardom. 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
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