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height

Definitions

  • Measuring the height
    Measuring the height
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n height (of a standing person) the distance from head to foot
    • n height elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface "the altitude gave her a headache"
    • n height the vertical dimension of extension; distance from the base of something to the top
    • n height the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development "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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

BREADTH AND HEIGHT BREADTH AND HEIGHT
HOW THE EARTH LOOKS WHEN VIEWED FROM A HEIGHT OF ONE MILE HOW THE EARTH LOOKS WHEN VIEWED FROM A HEIGHT OF ONE MILE

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The puma and the leopard are the highest jumping mammals. They are able to reach a height of 16.5 feet
    • Height Degree of latitude either north or south. "Guinea lieth to the north sea, in the same height as Peru to the south."
    • Height Elevation in excellence of any kind, as in power, learning, arts; also, an advanced degree of social rank; preëminence or distinction in society; prominence. "Measure your mind's height by the shade it casts.""All would in his power hold, all make his subjects."
    • Height Progress toward eminence; grade; degree. "Social duties are carried to greater heights, and enforced with stronger motives by the principles of our religion."
    • Height That which is elevated; an eminence; a hill or mountain; as, Alpine heights .
    • Height The condition of being high; elevated position. "Behold the height of the stars, how high they are!"
    • Height 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."
    • Height 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The CN Tower, in Toronto, is the tallest freestanding structure in the world with a height of about 553 metres
    • n height Highness; elevation; altitude; stature; vertical distance or angular elevation from a base or a level, or any point of reckoning: as, the height of a tree, a mountain, or a tower.
    • n height Elevation of degree or of condition; eminence of quality, character, rank, etc.
    • n height The highest part; the top; hence, culmination; the highest degree; the highest point to be attained or desired: as, the height of a fever; the height of fashion.
    • n height That which has highness; an elevation; an eminence, especially of land; a hill, mountain, or precipice: often in the plural: as, to ascend a height; the Heights of Abraham at Quebec.
    • n height Latitude; degree of distance from the equator, whether north or south.
    • n height Haughtiness.
    • n height Upward; aloft; on high.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average height of an NBA basketball player is 6 feet 7 inches
    • n Height hīt the condition of being high: distance upwards: that which is elevated: a hill: elevation in rank or excellence: utmost degree
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Quotations

  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “The height of ability consists in a thorough knowledge of the real value of things, and of the genius of the age in which we live.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth as well as height and is solid.”
  • Robert Frost
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    “Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The end of life is life. Life is action, the use of one's powers. And to use them to their height is our joy of duty.”
  • Novalis
    Novalis
    “Learning is pleasurable but doing is the height of enjoyment.”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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    “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. heighte, heght, heighthe, AS. heáhðu, hēhðu, fr. heah, high; akin to D. hoogte, Sw. höjd, Dan. höide, Icel. hæð, Goth. hauhiþa,. See High
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Corr. of highth—A.S. híehtho, héahthuhéah, high.

Usage

In literature:

From the heights the German guns swept the circular basin below where the Union force was gathered.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
On the heights north of Nizankowice, Austrian troops scored another victory and took also the villages situated against the heights.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
Four bombs were dropped upon the airship from a height of 200 feet.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
Mr. Gerald Height entered.
"Blue-grass and Broadway" by Maria Thompson Daviess
My intrusion upon the heights in summer has ever been announced by the conies and the marmots.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
Piedras Negras boasts a spacious stone hotel, two stories in height, which is quite American in appearance.
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
The nesting season is at its height during the latter part of May.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Above T., at a height of two thousand five hundred meters, we were under heavy fire.
"An Aviator's Field Book" by Oswald Bölcke
They were about of a height.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
The most important of these represents a full length female figure twenty-three inches in height.
"Ancient art of the province of Chiriqui, Colombia" by William Henry Holmes
Beyond Redhill we met an unwieldy cloudbank and were forced to lose height.
"Cavalry of the Clouds" by Alan Bott
During Queen Anne's reign, however, the wonders of Fleet Street were at their height.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
We looked up helplessly at the height.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
As we advanced on our way we looked down from the height upon many continually changing scenes of picturesque beauty.
"A Trip to the Orient" by Robert Urie Jacob
North and south the towers are very similar and practically of equal height, giving a happily balanced and uniform general appearance.
"Cathedrals of Spain" by John A. (John Allyne) Gade
The height is a lonely place.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
In his hand are the deep places of the earth; The heights of the mountains are his also.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
It was originally built to a height of about 96 feet between 1898 and 1902, and raised to a height of 112 feet above bed-rock between 1907 and 1911.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
Here Mount Sidi Ali bu Musin reaches a height of 5700 ft., the highest point in Tunisia.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8" by Various
Some of these rocks rise to the height of more than 2000 feet above the sea.
"A Manual of Elementary Geology" by Charles Lyell
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In poetry:

One's path, to my inward seeing,
Was light with a wondrous day,
And led to the heights of being,
And an angel showed the way.
"Which One" by Madge Morris Wagner
``Why you, thus welcomed to the height
Of minstrelsy and mirth,
Pavilioned high from mortal sight,
Come back again to Earth.''
"A Question Answered" by Alfred Austin
He seized the world with tender might
By making thee his own;
Thee, lowly queen, whose heavenly height
Was to thyself unknown.
"The Mother Mary" by George MacDonald
When thou hast told those isles of light,
And fancied all beyond,
Whatever owns, in depth or height,
Creation's wondrous bond;
"Twenty-Second Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
He sits among the morning hills,
His face is bright and strong;
He scans far heights, but scarcely notes
The herdsman's idle song.
"The Morning Hills" by Maurice Thompson
There was a lofty pine I knew;
Each morn and eve I passed it by;
To such a lofty height it grew,
It caught at once each passing eye.
"The Pine Tree" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

Cava Mezze Grill, the fast casual restaurant from the guys behind Cava, made its debut in Columbia Heights today.
At the height of her bricks-and-mortar retail success, Kline ran six boutiques in high-profile locations, which stretched from Malibu to Beverly Hills.
Whatever the cruise height, the power setting is always the same.
The Quad City CERT provides assistance to residents in Seven Hills, Independence, Brooklyn Heights and Valley View.
Teen's Seaside Heights chairlift fall caught on video.
Teen who jumped out of Seaside Heights chairlift 'freaked out'.
Screen grab from a YouTube video that shows a teen leaping from a Seaside Heights chairlift .
Taking Bird to new heights.
Though the brothers were five years apart, they were inseparable growing up in Washington Heights.
This month is the height of hurricane-season, so Tropical Storm Isaac was right on time.
Mark Moran / staff photographer Abington Height's Anthony Sebastianelli motions for his putt to move right on the second green Monday at Fox Hill Country Club.
They're flexible mouths allow them to literally shove multiple nuts, almost the height of their own bodies, into their mouths at once.
ROWLAND HEIGHTS, Calif — Deputies pursuing an allegedly stolen motorcycle in California's San Gabriel Valley followed a locator signal and turned up a suspected chop shop .
University Heights Congregation Votes to Sell Church Property .
5.25 acres owned by St Andrews Presbyterian church just off the intersection of Melrose and Sunset avenues is slated to be be the location of a new condominium complex Monday, Aug 23, 2010 in University Heights.
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In science:

The level-k height curve does not intersect the level-(k + 1) height curve.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
To understand the collapse of these towers, it is useful to consider the following simple mechanical problem: take a pile of n equal blocks of height s, put on top of each other separated by empty gaps of height h containing only the supporting beams.
Some simple physical facts about the collapse of the Twin Towers
We denote by ∆h(v) the difference between the height of v in the maximal tiling of D and its height in the minimal tiling.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
As a function of time t, the average height H trivially always increases linearly in time, while the width W ∝ tβ of the height distribution has an exponent β increasing towards unity for t increasing towards τ (not shown).
Scaling in a simple model for surface growth in a random medium
Scaling of the pillar height histograms: Curves for different L collapse, except for very small and very large heights.
Scaling in a simple model for surface growth in a random medium
Suppose that D |= “there is no transitive model of ZFC and of height Ω which contains a Woodin cardinal.” We then let K D denote Steel’s core model of height Ω, as being constructed inside D .
A simple proof of \Sigma^1_3 correctness of K
Let ˆℓi (w) (resp. ˆhi (w)) denote the number of down steps of w ending at Dyck height (resp. height-to-min) at most i, ˆℓi (w) = |{p | ¯w(p) ≤ i, wp = −1}|, and ˆhi (w) = |{p | ˜w(p) ≤ i, wp = −1}|.
Random Planar Lattices and Integrated SuperBrownian Excursion
One can see t′i as the time of the last upcrossing of heights (i − 1, i) before time t, and t′′i as the time of the first downcrossing of heights (i, i − 1) after time t.
Random Planar Lattices and Integrated SuperBrownian Excursion
Height functions The height functions, introduced by W. P.
An optimal algorithm to generate tilings
Then the heights of all the vertices on the boundary of D follow and they have the same height in all the tilings of D .
An optimal algorithm to generate tilings
As in the case of Thurston’s original algorithm, one can fix arbitrarily the height of one vertex on ∂D and then compute the heights of all the vertices on ∂D .
An optimal algorithm to generate tilings
Step 1: Compute the height function associated with T by using the normalized heights.
An optimal algorithm to generate tilings
In the height functions thus defined, the set of possible values of ψ(x) depends on the parity of x; in order to describe these height functions as the finite-energy surfaces of a Gibbs potential, we will instead use a slight modification: φ(x) = ψ(x)−ǫ(x) .
Random Surfaces
The growth of the tree height (the maximal branch height) has an interesting relation to traveling wave propagation.
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
In Lorentz gases, the maximum branch height is related to the largest Lyapunov exponent, while in data storage, extremal heights yield best-case and worst-case algorithm performances.
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
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