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a weight/height limit
▪ The weight limit per bag is 20 kilos.
at the height of sb’s/sth’s fame (=when someone was most famous)
▪ At the height of his fame, he could earn $5,000 a day.
at the height of the boom
▪ They sold their house at the height of the boom.
be at the height of your powers (=be at a time in your life when your abilities are strongest)
▪ Fonteyn was still at the height of her powers as a dancer.
be equal in size/length/height etc
▪ The population of each town is roughly equal in size.
be of equal size/length/height etc
▪ Draw two lines of equal length.
be the height of fashion (=be very fashionable)
▪ With her short dress and high boots she was the height of fashion.
in/at the height of summer (=in the middle of summer)
▪ Even in the height of summer, it's cool in here.
lofty heights
▪ He stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel, from whose lofty heights he could see across New York.
lose weight/height/speed etc
▪ You’re looking slim. Have you lost weight?
▪ The plane emptied its fuel tanks as it started losing altitude.
(of) medium height/length/build
▪ She’s of medium height.
▪ hair of medium length
reached the dizzy heights of
▪ Naomi had reached the dizzy heights of manageress.
sth is the height of luxury (=something that is extremely comfortable and gives you a lot of pleasure)
▪ If you want bathtime to be the height of luxury, you will be inspired by our latest range of shower accessories.
the height of sophistication (=very fashionable and expensive)
▪ a New York nightclub that was the height of sophistication
▪ It is located in a layer at an average height of 12 kilometres above the Earth's surface.
▪ The suspect was described as a white male of average height and weight between 25 to 32 years old.
▪ They typically hide much greater deviations from the norm than say the figure for the average physical height of a population does.
▪ He was a burly man of average height, white-haired and distinguished looking.
▪ At five feet eight she was above the average height for a woman.
▪ The average height of a man was six feet, while seven-foot giants were by no means uncommon.
▪ Fed on different diets, two identical twins will grow to different heights.
▪ This is because the nave or choir and their aisles often have different widths and heights.
▪ I am thinking not of the motion of the wind at different heights but of the sea at different depths.
▪ They even had a different height heel.
▪ They are of different heights: some are short and some are tall.
▪ This happened in Santa Cruz during the Loma Prieta quake, where many adjoining buildings were of different heights.
▪ Horses also come in different heights and breeds, horses start from the height of fourteen-two hands high.
▪ Expectation had been rampant throughout June but, come the pre-season friendlies of August, football fever had reached dizzy heights.
▪ Thereafter, the growth of the population reached dizzy heights.
▪ Climbers make a great mistake, however, in imagining that each of these groups aspires to the dizzy heights of dangling.
▪ By this time I had joined the Scouts and had reached the dizzy heights of Patrol Leader.
▪ What dizzy heights we trampoline at.
▪ A new gondola cable car will take you to dizzy heights, enabling you to appreciate the mountains in their true splendour.
▪ It screams with exclamation marks about the dizzy heights of certain walks and the lack of twilight in Madeira.
▪ It seems quite bizarre that people who play other people's records for a living can reach these dizzy heights of stardom.
▪ Sensing that he had the attention of the warriors the flagellant pulled himself up to his full height.
▪ At his full height, Varney was a head taller than Ezra.
▪ Amin, at his full height, looked down at me closely.
▪ The porch is a semicircle of giant Ionic columns running the full height of the house.
▪ Again Varney stood to full height.
▪ Here there is a fine series of grooves that run virtually the full height of the cliff.
▪ Sir Frank Worrell - his captaincy touched even greater heights than his batsmanship.
▪ They would probably play that disgusting game of spitting on people from a great height.
▪ Along this curve it is as if the plane were freely falling from a great height.
▪ He needed to come down from a greater height than most.
▪ Song not unlike Meadow Pipit, but more prolonged and musical and often delivered at greater height.
▪ I mean, who in their right mind would want to jump from a great height with elastic tied round their ankles?
▪ So how come they void themselves on me from a great height with a white and annoyingly conspicuous product?
▪ They walked a razor edge, with Duane as an unhinged Aguirre, bullying and cajoling Gregg to greater songwriting heights.
▪ Two tiny marks, side by side, half an inch apart, about head height.
▪ From their lofty height of existence, it was as if they could not even see him.
▪ The climb rate dropped off noticeably as we reached maximum manifold height for the day and the lack of turbo-charging showed.
▪ There is also a maximum height for causing any devastation on the ground.
▪ These reach a maximum height in the north-east, at the top of Pico Branco.
▪ The amplitude of the curve is its maximum height above its average level.
▪ Thus the maximum height to which ripples can develop is limited.
▪ The maximum height thought to have been reached during this period is 2,000m.
▪ When ordering, check the maximum platform height advised for a freestanding unit.
▪ By Michael at Paul Nath Sleek, high gloss finish achieved with maximum height.
▪ He was of medium height and was wearing a baggy and very creased cotton suit the colour of oatmeal.
▪ The majority were of medium height, about a hundred and sixty pounds, clean-shaven and capable-looking.
▪ In general this is a well designed and well made sweater with a stud fastened neck closure and medium height collar.
▪ Crazy Horse was a slim man of medium height with brown hair hanging below his waist and a scar above his lip.
▪ She was a dark-haired woman of medium height with a faintly Asiatic cast to her brow and complexion.
▪ Of medium height, fair-haired, his gray eyes magnified by glasses with steel-blue frames.
▪ One was white, of medium height with fair or ginger hair cut short on one side and longer on the other.
▪ He was of medium height, and had regular, even features of the kind which are instantly forgettable.
▪ Nothing could dent the self belief that was driving her on to new heights.
▪ My preoccupation with time, when I want to be timeless, has taken me to new heights of eccentricity.
▪ Over the last two decades, however, this movement has reached new heights.
▪ Under his leadership, the radios reached new heights of effectiveness.
▪ In New York, Karpov has taken the art of defence to new heights, introducing stinging and lethal counterattacks.
▪ Records, is among the thousands of devoted followers who have raised figure skating to new heights of popularity.
New prosperity did not raise fertility to new heights.
▪ The stock market is soaring to new heights.
▪ Barbell press Stand upright, holding the bar at shoulder height in front of your chest with your palms facing outwards.
▪ Clench your fists and bring them up to shoulder height, knuckles upward, elbows at your sides.
▪ The centre of the ball should be at about shoulder height.
▪ Now as you breathe out again through your mouth, push the palms to the sides at shoulder height.
▪ The brass key was there, at shoulder height.
▪ She pressed the button, heard no sound, and waited with her tray held level at shoulder height.
▪ Along this curve it is as if the plane were freely falling from a great height.
▪ As it was, the extremely small head of some dinosaurs no doubt reduced the dangers of falling from a great height.
▪ That particular experience left me with a recurrent dream about falling from great heights.
▪ Slides would be built over a mound, so there's no danger of children falling from a height.
▪ When they fell from grace, George Best fell from a greater height.
▪ Vampires rose into the air, trying to gain height, kicking at clutching hands.
▪ This helped them to gain height and get power when heading the ball.
▪ Climbs on the west face thus gain steadily in height, culminating in an impressive blunt arête.
▪ Mirror tiles on a ceiling will gain height for the room and a miraculous sense of spaciousness.
▪ It is essential that you gain lots of height on the jump before attempting to snap your legs back.
▪ The road out of Ingleton spirals to gain height and after a mile straightens course and passes Skirwith Farm.
▪ It's like throwing sandbags over the side to gain height again.
▪ The best vines are those closest to the village growing at a height of between 140 and 200 metres.
▪ Fed on identical diets, two genetically different men will not grow to the same height.
▪ The plant is more at home in marshy conditions than in the aquarium, where it will grow to a considerable height.
▪ Fed on different diets, two identical twins will grow to different heights.
▪ In the Upper Devonian, club mosses and horsetails grew to great heights.
▪ The wave rapidly grew from a height of tens of centimeters to an average of about 10 meters.
▪ Is it true that you grew three inches in height during filming?
▪ With sixty-seven miles to run he needed to lose height at nearly three thousand feet a minute.
▪ The control column was eased forward to maintain speed and the aircraft began to lose height.
▪ To lose height pilots have to spiral down to the runway.
▪ Enough to hear the rush of air as they lost height.
▪ Size can be measured as height, leaf area, volume, fresh weight, dry weight, etc.
▪ He would face that weight, at eye level, each time he measured his height and weighed himself.
▪ The climb rate dropped off noticeably as we reached maximum manifold height for the day and the lack of turbo-charging showed.
▪ Both had been told from childhood that black men and women could never reach the heights that whites attain.
▪ Over the last two decades, however, this movement has reached new heights.
▪ It grows well in partial shade and reaches a height of about four feet.
▪ Just as we were about to reach ecstatic heights.
▪ Some of these giant waves reach extraordinary heights.
▪ I wave a fluttery wave of inconsequential cheerfulness and close the door, having reached new heights of cynical disinterest.
▪ The economy is robust and the stock market has reached unprecedented heights in recent weeks.
▪ At one point the road suddenly curves and rises to the height of an eight-storey building.
▪ At the head of the harbor the hills rose to a height of 120 feet.
▪ The par-or-better rounds on Friday rose to the new heights of 54 and the average was further improved to 71.69.
▪ One of the perennial streams that sometime rises to astonishing heights of activity is the Leonid shower.
▪ The patrons rose to new heights of glee.
▪ They are square in plan and rise sheer to varying heights without ornament, abutment and with few openings.
▪ But his power of decision-making improved, and his gift of calming, persuasive oratory rose to its heights.
▪ But that decline came hard on the heels of the mid-1980s, when prices rose to absurd heights.
▪ In his etchings too, Squirrell can scale the heights.
▪ It's a great guitar that deserves to scale considerable heights.
▪ The writers have a long way to go to scale these Olympian heights of absurdity, but they're trying.
draw yourself up (to your full height)
fall from a great height
▪ Along this curve it is as if the plane were freely falling from a great height.
▪ As it was, the extremely small head of some dinosaurs no doubt reduced the dangers of falling from a great height.
▪ That particular experience left me with a recurrent dream about falling from great heights.
▪ When they fell from grace, George Best fell from a greater height.
giddy heights
▪ The group shows that, even at its current giddy heights, this market is still offering attractive values.
head for heights
▪ The stunt took eighteen months to set up, and was only for those with a strong head for heights.
▪ They were seated by one of the windows, and Paige was glad she had a head for heights.
scale the heights
▪ In his etchings too, Squirrell can scale the heights.
the dizzy heights (of sth)
▪ By this time I had joined the Scouts and had reached the dizzy heights of Patrol Leader.
▪ Climbers make a great mistake, however, in imagining that each of these groups aspires to the dizzy heights of dangling.
▪ It screams with exclamation marks about the dizzy heights of certain walks and the lack of twilight in Madeira.
▪ My brother and I are nearly the same height.
▪ One of the climbers fell from a height of 25 metres.
▪ Sally had always been self-conscious about her height.
▪ Sam's about my height, I guess.
▪ She's about the same height as I am.
▪ Some of the pyramids are over 200 feet in height.
▪ What's the height of the average banana tree?
▪ You have to be a certain height to get on some of the rides.
▪ In the decade since then, Disney has soared to new heights.
▪ It was in the height of fashion when it was built.
▪ Langford was forty years old, and at the height of his reputation as a war photographer.
▪ No one knows the height of the tsunami caused by this eruption.
▪ Peak heights were measured and corrected to a constant internal standard value.
▪ The living space is excellent with plenty of height and room inside.
▪ They take 40 years to bloom, 50 years to grow branches and 150 years to reach a height of 40 feet.


Height is the measure of vertical distance, either how "tall" something is, or how "high up" it is. For example "The height of the building is 50 m" or "The height of the airplane is 10,000 m". When used to describe how high something like an airplane or mountain peak is from sea level, height is more often called altitude. Height is measured along the vertical (y) axis between a specified point and another.

Height (musician)

Height Keech is the stage name of Baltimore rapper and podcaster Dan Keech (born September 22, 1981). He is best known as the founder and frontman for the group Height With Friends. Before forming Height With Friends, he released three solo albums and six EPs between 2000 and 2009. Keech interviews artists and musicians on his weekly podcast Height Zone World, which debuted in July 2014.

Height (disambiguation)

Height is the measurement of vertical distance.

Height may also refer to:

  • Height (musician), a Baltimore hip hop artist
  • Height (John Nolan album)

Height (album)

Height is a 2009 Indie rock album by John Nolan. It was his first solo album.

Height (abelian group)

In mathematics, the height of an element g of an abelian groupA is an invariant that captures its divisibility properties: it is the largest natural numberN such that the equation Nx = g has a solution xA, or symbol ∞ if the largest number with this property does not exist. The ''' p-height''' considers only divisibility properties by the powers of a fixed prime numberp. The notion of height admits a refinement so that the p-height becomes an ordinal number. Height plays an important role in Prüfer theorems and also in Ulm's theorem, which describes the classification of certain infinite abelian groups in terms of their Ulm factors or Ulm invariants.

The Collaborative International Dictionary


Height \Height\ (h[imac]t), n. [Written also hight.] [OE. heighte, heght, heighthe, AS. he['a]h[eth]u, h[=e]h[eth]u fr. heah high; akin to D. hoogte, Sw. h["o]jd, Dan. h["o]ide, Icel. h[ae][eth], Goth. hauhi[thorn]a. See High.]

  1. The condition of being high; elevated position.

    Behold the height of the stars, how high they are!
    --Job xxii. 1

  2. 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 an animal, especially of a man; stature.

    [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.

  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.

  6. Progress toward eminence; grade; degree.

    Social duties are carried to greater heights, and enforced with stronger motives by the principles of our religion.

  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.

    On height, aloud. [Obs.]

    [He] spake these same words, all on hight.



  1. n. 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 especially above sea level or above the earth's surface; "the altitude gave her a headache" [syn: altitude]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary


Old English hiehþu, Anglian hehþo "highest part or point, summit; the heavens, heaven," from root of heah "high" (see high) + -itha, Germanic abstract noun suffix. Compare Old Norse hæð, Middle Dutch hoochte, Old High German hohida, Gothic hauhiþa "height." Meaning "distance from bottom to top" is from late 13c. Meaning "excellence, high degree of a quality" is late 14c. The modern pronunciation with -t emerged 13c., but wasn't established till 19c., and heighth is still colloquial.



n. The distance from the base of something to the top.

Usage examples of "height".

The lower lip curved outward, making a platform that abutted at the height of perhaps a hundred feet upon a sinister-looking gorge below.

It was no wonder that he rose to such a height, as in Russia the nobility never lower themselves by accepting church dignities.

It felt better to wear out my frustrations by the use of my legs, and so I resolved to follow the capering street to the top if need be and see the Vincula and Acies Castle from that height, and then to show my badge of office to the guards at the fortifications there and walk along them to the Capulus and so cross the river by the lowest way.

Reckless and stupid enough to strike at a busy inn in the heart of a bustling city that was bound to be acrawl with wizards, at the bright height of day and in full sight of all, parading around the sky on a conjured nightwyrm.

His formidable host, when it was drawn out in order of battle, covered the banks of the river, the adjacent heights, and the whole extent of a plain of above twelve miles, which separated the two armies.

During the height of the fever, tincture of aconite maybe given and an alkaline sponge-bath administered with advantage.

I knew he would be true to himself, and now how proud I am to see my Jonathan rising to the height of his advancement and keeping pace in all ways with the duties that come upon him.

If the Aerian reserves had been recalled, they had chosen other heights to grace with their weary presence.

She wanted to see Aerians sweeping the heights above, and Leontines prowling around the pillars that were placed beneath those heights, as if they held up not only ceiling but sky.

The rival aeroplane was now skimming above the water at a height of about a thousand feet.

Running to the window they saw the Mortlake aeroplane whiz by at a fair height.

They therefore represent a bay of the choir, of which the clerestory and triforium are removed, and the aisle roof is raised to the height of the roof of the choir itself.

Outside stood a tiny, wispy lady of late middle years, wearing a quilted sacque of plum-coloured satin which would have been the height of alamodality some thirty years ago.

Though the morning sun climbed the blue sky, it had yet to rise above the heights of Alcazar to shine down into the tall, narrow yard.

At nightfall the British were on the heights of Cabeca and Aldea Rubia, and so secured their former position at San Christoval.