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Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj high happy and excited and energetic
    • adj high slightly and pleasantly intoxicated from alcohol or a drug (especially marijuana)
    • adj high (used of the smell of meat) smelling spoiled or tainted
    • adj high (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high') "a high mountain","high ceilings","high buildings","a high forehead","a high incline","a foot high"
    • adj high greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount "a high temperature","a high price","the high point of his career","high risks","has high hopes","the river is high","he has a high opinion of himself"
    • adj high used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency
    • adj high standing above others in quality or position "people in high places","the high priest","eminent members of the community"
    • adv high at a great altitude "he climbed high on the ladder"
    • adv high far up toward the source "he lives high up the river"
    • adv high in or to a high position, amount, or degree "prices have gone up far too high"
    • adv high in a rich manner "he lives high"
    • n high a forward gear with a gear ratio that gives the greatest vehicle velocity for a given engine speed
    • n high a lofty level or position or degree "summer temperatures reached an all-time high"
    • n high a public secondary school usually including grades 9 through 12 "he goes to the neighborhood highschool"
    • n high a high place "they stood on high and observed the countryside","he doesn't like heights"
    • n high a state of altered consciousness induced by alcohol or narcotics "they took drugs to get a high on"
    • n high a state of sustained elation "I'm on a permanent high these days"
    • n high an air mass of higher than normal pressure "the east coast benefits from a Bermuda high"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"She was just high enough, and could light the lamps." "She was just high enough, and could light the lamps."
"Seven miles high!" "Seven miles high!"
High Street, Guildford High Street, Guildford
Farnham Castle from the High Street Farnham Castle from the High Street
His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, K.B His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, K.B
Showing the highly decorated columns Showing the highly decorated columns
He talked proud and high learnt about 'em He talked proud and high learnt about 'em
The "Moonfaced" Clock in High Street The "Moonfaced" Clock in High Street

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Incas used to create pots in the shape of peanuts that were highly prized
    • High (Mus) Acute or sharp; -- opposed to grave or low; as, a high note.
    • High An elevated place; a superior region; a height; the sky; heaven.
    • High Arrogant; lofty; boastful; proud; ostentatious; -- used in a bad sense.
    • High Costly; dear in price; extravagant; as, to hold goods at a high price.
    • High Elevated above any starting point of measurement, as a line, or surface; having altitude; lifted up; raised or extended in the direction of the zenith; lofty; tall; as, a high mountain, tower, tree; the sun is high.
    • High Elevated in character or quality, whether moral or intellectual; preëminent; honorable; as, high aims, or motives.
    • High Exalted in social standing or general estimation, or in rank, reputation, office, and the like; dignified; as, she was welcomed in the highest circles.
    • adv High In a high manner; in a high place; to a great altitude; to a great degree; largely; in a superior manner; eminently; powerfully.High is extensively used in the formation of compound words, most of which are of very obvious signification; as, high-aimed, high-arched, high-aspiring, high-bearing, high-boasting, high-browed, high-crested, high-crowned, high-designing, high-engendered, high-feeding, high-flaming, high-flavored, high-gazing, high-heaped, high-heeled, high-priced, high-reared, high-resolved, high-rigged, high-seated, high-shouldered, high-soaring, high-towering, high-voiced, and the like. "And reasoned high .""I can not reach so high ."
    • High (Phon) Made with a high position of some part of the tongue in relation to the palate. See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 10, 11.
    • High Of great strength, force, importance, and the like; strong; mighty; powerful; violent; sometimes, triumphant; victorious; majestic, etc.; as, a high wind; high passions.
    • High Of noble birth; illustrious; as, of high family.
    • High People of rank or high station; as, high and low.
    • High Possessing a characteristic quality in a supreme or superior degree; as, highi. e., intense) heat; highi. e., full or quite) noon; highi. e., rich or spicy) seasoning; highi. e., complete) pleasure; highi. e., deep or vivid) color; highi. e., extensive, thorough) scholarship, etc. "High time it is this war now ended were.""High sauces and spices are fetched from the Indies."
    • High Regarded as raised up or elevated; distinguished; remarkable; conspicuous; superior; -- used indefinitely or relatively, and often in figurative senses, which are understood from the connection
    • High (Cookery) Strong-scented; slightly tainted; as, epicures do not cook game before it is high .
    • High (Card Playing) The highest card dealt or drawn.
    • v. i High To hie. "Men must high them apace, and make haste."
    • v. i High To rise; as, the sun higheth .
    • High Very abstract; difficult to comprehend or surmount; grand; noble.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The largest ice cream sundae was made with 4,667 gallons of ice cream, was 12 feet high and had 7000 pounds of toppings on it. This was made in Anaheim, California in 1985
    • high Conspicuously elevated; rising or being far above a base, surface, or object; having great reach or extent upward; lofty: as, a high tower or mountain; the high flight of the skylark; the sun is high in the heavens.
    • high Having comparative elevation; extending or being above (something); raised upward in extent from a base, or in position from a surface or an object, from which the upward reach is normally measured: as, high boots; a dress with high neck; the plant is three feet high.
    • high Remote, either as regards distance north or south of the equator, or as regards lapse of years in chronological reckoning: used only in the phrases high latitude and high antiquity.
    • high Elevated or advanced to the utmost extent; at the zenith or culmination; hence, full or complete; consummate: as, high noon; high tide; high time.
    • high Exalted in station or estimation; elevated above others; holding a lofty rank or position: as, a high dignitary of the church; one high in the public esteem; high and mighty.
    • high Hence—6. In a title, most exalted; chief; principal; head: as, the high priest; high chancellor; high admiral; high sheriff.
    • high Elevated in quality or degree; of great importance, consequence, significance, etc.; exalted: as, a high festival; high art; high crimes; high courage; high spirits; high breeding.
    • high Lofty, aspiring, or self-asserting in manner, appearance, or expression; powerful, impressive, ostentatious, arrogant, boisterous, etc.; showing strength, earnestness, pride, resentment, hilarity, etc.: as, he took a high tone; they had high words.
    • high Intensified in physical quality or character; exceeding the common degree or measure; strong, intense, energetic, etc.: as, a high wind; high temperature; high flavor or color; high speed; in high condition, as a horse.
    • high Elevated in amount or quantity; large; of great or unusual magnitude or proportion: as, a high price or reward; a high percentage.
    • high In acoustics and music, relatively acute or shrill in pitch—that is, produced by relatively rapid vibrations; sharp: opposed to low or grave: as, a high voice, key, note, etc.
    • high In cookery, tending toward decomposition or decay; slightly tainted, as meat (used mainly when this is considered a desirable quality); gamy: as, venison kept till it is high.
    • high Nautical, near to the wind: said of a ship when sailing by the wind, and with reference to the point of the compass nearest to the direction of the wind to which her head can be pointed: as, how high will she lie?
    • high Excited with drink; intoxicated.
    • high Arrogant; overbearing; demanding servile respect or submission.
    • high In Vermont, an officer whose duty it is on occasion to serve process on the sheriff.
    • high Hence— Boisterous sport or jollity; romping games or play.
    • high Tantrums; fits of ill humor.
    • high The throwing of dice to determine who shall empty the cup.
    • high In law: As used to designate the area transactions within which are subject to cognizance in courts of admiralty, formerly, the waters of the ocean exterior to low-water mark, but now extended with the-flow of the tide to high-water mark, returning with the ebb to low-water mark. As used to designate the area which is not within the territorial jurisdiction of any nation, but the free highway of all nations, the waters of the ocean exterior to a line parallel to the general direction of the shore, and distant a marine league therefrom. The distance was fixed with reference to the fact that, at the time when it was fixed, it was the limit of the area of coast-waters which could be commanded by cannon on the shore. It is to be drawn with reference to headlands, so as to include in the territorial jurisdiction those inlets and arms of the sea over which the nation may justly claim and actually enforce its power. The application of the rule to bays and to arms of the sea bounding two countries often involves great difference of opinion. The great lakes are not deemed high seas.
    • high To or in heaven; used substantively, heaven.
    • high When he was ascended up on high, he led captivity captive.
    • high In a loud voice; aloud.
    • high Synonyms Lofty, etc. See tall.
    • n high An elevated place; a superior region. See on high, above.
    • n high In card-playing, the ace or highest trump out.
    • high In a high or lofty manner; to a great height, amount, extent, degree, etc.; eminently; powerfully; grandly; richly; extravagantly: as, to climb high; to play high (for high stakes); to live high; to bid high.
    • high To make high; lift up; raise; exalt.
    • high To rise or be at its highest point, as the tide.
    • high Noting the strength of a suit, as in whist or bridge: as, queen high in spades, and ten high in diamonds.
    • n high One of the points in the game of all-fours.
    • n high The area of high barometric pressure shown on the daily weather map, usually moving eastward and toward the equator, its front being marked by suddenly falling temperature, drier air, strong polar winds, and spits of rain or snow, followed by clear weather and by a temperature that may be either high or low depending on the balance between radiation, isolation, connection, and thermodynamic action.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air
    • n High (prov.) the call to a horse to turn to the left
    • adj High elevated: lofty: tall: elevated relatively to something, as upward from a base, in position from the mouth of a river, &c.: eminent in anything: exalted in rank: dignified: chief: noble: ostentatious: arrogant: proud: strong, intensified: extreme in opinion: powerful: angry: loud: violent: tempestuous: shrill: excellent: far advanced: difficult: dear: remote in time: slightly tainted (of game, &c.)
    • adv High aloft: eminently: powerfully: profoundly: of flesh, on the point of beginning to decay
    • adj High befitting a festival
    • v.i High to ascend
    • adj High bombastic: pompous
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Quotations

  • Margaret Mead
    Margaret%20Mead
    “Instead of needing lots of children, we need high-quality children.”
  • H. W. Dresses
    H. W. Dresses
    “Be true to the best you know. This is your high ideal. If you do your best, you cannot do more.”
  • Eileen Caddy
    Eileen%20Caddy
    “A soul without a high aim is like a ship without a rudder.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    Johann%20Wolfgang%20Von%20Goethe
    “One that does not think to highly of himself is more than he thinks.”
  • Rene Descartes
    Rene Descartes
    “Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.”
  • Placido Domingo
    Placido Domingo
    “The high note is not the only thing.”

Idioms

A lost ball in the high weeds - A lost ball in the high weeds is someone who does not know what they are doing, where they are or how to do something.
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Come hell or high water - If someone says they'll do something come hell or high water, they mean that nothing will stop them, no matter what happens.
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High and dry - If you are left high and dry, you are left alone and given no help at all when you need it.
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High and low - If you search high and low, you look everywhere for something or someone.
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High and mighty - The high and mighty are the people with authority and power. If a person is high and mighty, they behave in a superior and condescending way.
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High as a kite - If someone's as high as a kite, it means they have had too much to drink or are under the influence of drugs.
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High on the hog - To live in great comfort with lots of money.
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High-handed - If someone is high-handed, they behave arrogantly and pompously.
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High-wire act - A high-wire act is a dangerous or risky strategy, plan, task, etc.
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In high gear - (USA) If something is in high gear, it is in a quick-paced mode. If someone is in high gear, they are feverishly on the fast track.
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In high spirits - If someone is in high spirits, they are in a very good mood or feeling confident about something.
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Knee-high to a grasshopper - If something happened when you were knee-high to a grasshopper, it happened when you were a very young child.
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Live high off the hog - If you are living high off the hog, you are living lavishly.
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Moral high ground - If people have/take/claim/seize, etc, the moral high ground, they claim that their arguments, beliefs, etc, are morally superior to those being put forward by other people.
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On your high horse - When someone is on their high horse, they are being inflexible, arrogant and will not make any compromises.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. high, hegh, hey, heh, AS. heáh, hh,; akin to OS. hh, OFries. hag, hach, D. hoog, OHG. hh, G. hoch, Icel. hr, Sw. hög, Dan. höi, Goth. hauhs, and to Icel. haugr, mound, G. hügel, hill, Lith. kaukaras,

Usage

In literature:

Some are scarcely twelve hands high.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Close beside it is the sea, the ever-changing sea, and between the two is placed the broad high-road.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
It looked like the bed of a lake, with high vertical rocks on the left.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
Against the wall, behind the Lady Mary's back, there stood a high chair upon a platform.
"The Fifth Queen Crowned" by Ford Madox Ford
It is five stories high, but the fifth story is invisible from the front because of the high stone wall of the facade.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
The iron furnaces and rolling mills at this place and Duncanville were compelled to shut down on account of the high water.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Quartz in some cases, as noted above, gives evidence of high temperature origin and therefore of igneous association.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
This was highly satisfactory.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
Turks, high and low, took up the idea with avidity.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
The sun was high by the time they came to the gateway of the castello.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Terror clawed at his stomach as he thought of standing high above the river with nothing to support him.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Houses surrounded with high walls, trees, or plantations, are rendered unwholesome.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
They mounted so high, so high!
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Effect of Low and High Temperatures.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
It was one of the earliest lettered stones in Britain, standing originally about twelve feet high.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
The Prince stood on the high gallery under the high windows, and watched with vivid curiosity the bustling scene below.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
High wind, appearance of a storm.
"An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones
It was high time for Annamirl to come.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
On either side rise high green hills.
"Across the Continent by the Lincoln Highway" by Effie Price Gladding
But do not oppose me, if I pay too high a ransom for him!
"The Dramatic Works of G. E. Lessing" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
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In poetry:

His shoulder did I hold
Too high that I, o'erbold
Weak one,
Should lean thereon.
"Any Saint" by Francis Thompson
"Why are the stars so high,
There in the velvet sky,
Rolling in rivers by,
Ten thousand years?"
"The Booker Washington Trilogy" by Vachel Lindsay
To the rich towns of Scotland,
The woods and the streams,
High upon a Spanish horse
Saddled for her dreams.
"Baloo Loo For Jenny" by Robert Graves
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.
"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou
What says the Lizard,
Swinging high his shining spear? . . .
"Pass along, my lady,
I've known, ye many a year!"
"The Cutty Comes Back [1924]" by Cicely Fox Smith
"Traveller, what lies over the hill?
Traveller, tell to me:
Tip-toe-high on the window-sill
Over I cannot see."
"Tell Me" by George MacDonald

In news:

Dover High School quarterback Ian Gory is this week's WDEL Male High School Athlete of the Week.
Oxford High's Alexus Malone (34) vs Grenada in girls high school basketball action in Oxford, Miss.
A powerful roller guide ensures high efficiency and makes the gripper highly dynamic, especially for demanding pick and place applications.
Of all the mistakes in my recent past, not high-fiving Taylor Baldwin at the opening of his sculpture show at Land of Tomorrow ranks pretty high.
Net work Beth Rider (5) and Rebecca Day (13) of Graham High School send the ball back to the Bland County side of the net as the Bears' Amber Eaton (1) stands ready on Tuesday evening at the new Graham High gymnasium.
American Legion Auxiliary Howard McCarty Unit #290 of Cambridge has distributed the following college scholarship applications to the guidance offices of Cambridge-Isanti High School and Braham Area High School.
Happe, a 6-foot-1 guard from Reitz High School, poured in a career-high 26 points in the Bearcats' 82-74 victory over visiting Lincoln University (Mo.
In July, three high-ranking officials at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources were kicked out of their offices and told to work at home, amid questions over a DHHR contract awarded to the high bidder.
Miami — Each cohort of high-school students includes some 35,000 who are high-achieving and low-income—their test scores are in the top 10 percent and their income is in the bottom quarter.
Etymotic's high-end canalphones have clear, incisive highs.
Tanner Ebright (left) of Pickerington High School North (left) and Sam DeRoy of Olentangy Liberty High School go for a header during the Panthers' 4-1 Division I district-final loss Oct 27 at Westerville Central High School.
High tide, high waves at Oak Street Beach.
The TMW water-to-water series offers high efficiency and high capacity with quiet operation.
Offers High Capacity, Innovative Network Services to High Growth Region.
High Plains may be left high and dry .
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In science:

It has relatively high light yield and high photon absorption (or short radiation length).
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
X-ray data from RossiXTE and BeppoSAX, providing a simultaneous high-quality description of the whole high-energy spectrum.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
The occasional formation of high density clusters of particles generates locally a highly incompressible fluid, and a typical compression move is therefore very unlikely to succeed.
Phase Behavior of a Simple Model for Membrane Proteins
The oscillations of the Stot, S50 and S100 distributions at high (∼> 4 Jy) and low (∼< 0.1 Jy) flux densities are due to the insufficient statistics (single digit number of sources in these high and low flux density bins) and is not significant.
The "Number - Flux Density" Relation for Milliarcsecond Structures in Extragalactic Radio Sources
That is, highly connected elements are restricted to a range of low clusterizations, while lowly connected elements are responsible for the preservation of the high clusterization of the network.
Complex structures in generalized small worlds
As NMR experiments are usually conducted at high temperature, the spin is not described by a pure state, as assumed above, but by a highly mixed state.
A Simple and Convenient Measure of NMR Rotor Fidelity
The relatively high brightness of the arc south of this nebula suggests the presence of high density material also in that direction.
HST study of the LMC compact star forming region N83B
On the other hand, at very high temperature, the spin system will have high energy, randomly oriented spins and hence no net macroscopic magnetization.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
In the SCF results the average interaction energy per segment is normalized to the value at high temperature and thus this quantity approaches zero at high temperature.
Coil-Globule Transition for Regular, Random and Specially Designed Copolymers: Monte Carlo Simulation and Self-Consistent Field Theory
Consider a (not too high momentum) dipole scattering on a high-energy hadron.
Parton Saturation-An Overview
A high density of recurrence points in a diagonal results in a high value of RR.
Nonlinear analysis of bivariate data with cross recurrence plots
Whereas DE T and L are sensitive to fastly and highly fluctuating data, RR measures the probabilities of the occurrence of the same states in spite of these high fluctuations (noisy data).
Nonlinear analysis of bivariate data with cross recurrence plots
This implies that if the vertices i and j are both connected to vertex k in a high-dimensional space, then it is highly unlikely that i and j are directly connected by an edge as well.
Random Geometric Graphs
This is a highly variable condition, as both τcool and vfr decrease with increasing density, so the condition is most stringent at high densities.
The nonlinear development of the thermal instability in the atomic ISM and its interaction with random fluctuations
While the I − K ′ > 3.5 populations in all three cluster fields are significantly detected, it is clear that a large number of fields would have to be averaged to produce a high precision estimate of the EBL contribution, and the systematic errors in the present estimate may be as high as a factor of 2.
The Submillimeter Properties of Extremely Red Objects
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