height [ haıt ] noun ***
1. ) count or uncount how high something is, or how tall someone is:
He was about the same height as his wife.
in height: a graceful tower, rising to 400 feet in height
someone's full height (=their height when they stand up straight): He rose to his full height and surveyed the scene.
a ) the distance that something is from the ground or from the floor, or from a fixed level such as the sea:
What height do you want the picture at?
She could remember being carried at shoulder height, giggling and swaying.
gain/lose height: The aircraft began to lose height.
at a height of: Lescun is three miles from the main road at a height of 3,000 feet.
a great height: Her injuries are consistent with a fall from a great height.
b ) the state of being too high or tall, or not high or tall enough:
She couldn't see the road because of the height of the wall (=because it was too high).
Steve could not become a pilot because of his height (=because he was not tall enough).
2. ) count usually plural a high place or position:
A battalion had captured the heights above the beach.
Dave was trying to overcome his fear of heights.
a ) a high level of activity or success:
His handling of the crisis carried his popularity to new heights.
b ) from a height from a high position:
If you look down on the place from a height you can see the outline of the site.
c ) have a head for heights to be able to be in a high position without being afraid or feeling uncomfortable
3. ) singular the time or level of greatest activity:
height of: At the height of the violence, neighbor was killing neighbor.
It is the height of irresponsibility to make such comments.
Jeans were once again the height of fashion.
at its height: The excitement was at its height.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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