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



    BrE BrE//ˈæltɪtjuːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæltɪtuːd//
    Mountains and valleys
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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] the height above sea level We are flying at an altitude of 6 000 metres. The plane made a dive to a lower altitude.
  2. 2[countable, usually plural, uncountable] a place that is high above sea level Snow leopards live at high altitudes. The athletes trained at altitude in Mexico City. See related entries: Mountains and valleys
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin altitudo, from altus ‘high’. Wordfinderaltitude, foothill, mountain, peak, precipice, ridge, slope, summit, valley, volcanoExtra examples No trees will grow at that altitude. She plans to carry out altitude training before going to the Olympics. The aircraft maintained an altitude of 28 000 feet. The aviators reported the columns of smoke rising to an altitude of 2 000 feet. The plane suddenly started to lose altitude. The plane took off and climbed to cruising altitude. They fly at altitudes of up to 15 000 feet. people who lived at high altitudes
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