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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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"named, called" (archaic), from levelled past participle of Middle English highte, from Old English hatte "I am called" (passive of hatan "to call, name, command") merged with heht "called," active past tense of the same verb. Hatte was the only survival in Old English of the old Germanic synthetic passive tense. The word is related to Old Norse heita, Dutch heten, German heißen, Gothic haitan "to call, be called, command" (see cite).


Etymology 1

  1. (context archaic English) call, named. v

  2. 1 (context archaic transitive English) To call, name. 2 (context archaic intransitive English) To be called or named. Etymology 2

    n. (obsolete form of height English)

Hight (surname)

Hight is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Ahmo Hight (born 1973), American fitness model, swimsuit model and actress
  • Elena Hight (born 1989), American snowboarder
  • James Hight (1870–1958), New Zealand university professor, educational administrator and historian
  • Michael Hight (born 1961), New Zealand artist

Usage examples of "hight".

Otei and Abdullah were joined by two other officers, an Egyptian hight AM al-Baz and another Ghanaian, Patricius Olahda, each of them almost as weighed down with barbaric jewelry as Otei and Abdullah, though much of theirs was of silver, rather than gold.

Fool valiant and wise, a maker of songs, of quips and quiddities many and jocund, Joconde hight.

    So that, upon his steed he mounted light,    Which Aquilino for his swiftness hight.

The knights there entring, did him reuerence dewAnd wondred at his endlesse exercise,Then as they gan his Librarie to vew,And antique Registers for to auise,There chaunced to the Princes hand to rize,An auncient booke, hight Briton moniments,That of this lands first conquest did deuize,And old diuision into Regiments,Till it reduced was to one mans gouernments.

In this wide Inland sea, that hight by nameThe Idle lake, my wandring ship I row,That knowes her port, and thither sailes by ayme,Ne care, ne feare I, how the wind do blow,Or whether swift I wend, or whether slow:Both slow and swift a like do serue my tourne,Ne swelling Neptune, ne loud thundring IoueCan chaunge my cheare, or make me euer mourne.

And soothly sure she was full fayre of face,And perfectly well shapt in euery lim,Which she did more augment with modest grace,And comely carriage of her count'nance trim,That all the rest like lesser lamps did dim:Who her admiring as some heauenly wight,Did for their soueraine goddesse her esteeme,And caroling her name both day and night,The fayrest Pastorella her by name did hight.

Of that commixtion they did then begetThis hellish Dog, that hight the Blatant Beast.

Aurelius gan wondren on this cas, And in his herte hadde greet compassioun Of hir and of hir lamentacioun, And of Arveragus, the worthy knyght, That bad hire holden al that she had hight, So looth hym was his wyf sholde breke hir trouthe.

I lately chaunst (Would I had neuer chaunst)With a faire knight to keepen companee,Sir Terwin hight, that well himselfe aduaunstIn all affaires, and was both bold and free,But not so happie as mote happie bee:He lou'd, as was his lot, a Ladie gent,That him againe lou'd in the least degree:For she was proud, and of too high intent,And ioyd to see her louer languish and lament.

So there came an earl that hight Arrouse, and Sir Breuse, and an hundred knights with them of Pomitain, and the King of Northgalis was with them.

For thy, this hight The Rocke of vile Reproch,A daungerous and detestable place,To which nor fish nor fowle did once approch,But yelling Meawes, with Seagulles hoarse and bace,And Cormoyrants, with birds of rauenous race,Which still sate waiting on that wastfull clift,For spoyle of wretches, whose vnhappie cace,After lost credite and consumed thrift,At last them driuen hath to this despairefull drift.

Now as for Lord Richard the Lean, he went far through the wood, and until he was come to another house of his, that stood in a clearing somewhat near to where Oakenrealm marched on another country, which hight Meadham.

I actually hight Essayed Ali ibn Hussain, a knight of Arabia, in service as herald to his grace.

I actually hight Essayed Ali ibn Hussain, a knight of Arabia, in service as herald to his grace, Sir Sebastian Foster, Duke of Norfolk, Markgraf von Velegrad, Earl of Rutland, Baron of Strathtyne, and Lord Commander of the Royal Horse of his majesty, Arthur III Tudor, King of England and Wales.

Ye are right welcome, said the knights of the castle, for the love of the lord of this castle, the which hight Sir Tor le Fise Aries.