height

height
W2S2 [haıt] n
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1¦(how tall)¦
2¦(distance above the ground)¦
3¦(high place)¦
4 new/great/dizzy etc heights
5 the height of something
6 be at the height of your success/fame/powers etc
7 be the height of fashion/stupidity/luxury etc
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[: Old English; Origin: hiehthu]
1.) ¦(HOW TALL)¦ [U and C]
how tall someone or something is
Sam's about the same height as his sister now.
State your age, height, and weight.
buildings of different heights
6 feet/10 metres etc in height
None of these sculptures was less than three metres in height.
a height of 6 feet/10 metres etc
Sunflowers can grow to a height of fifteen feet.
2.) ¦(DISTANCE ABOVE THE GROUND)¦ [U and C]
the distance something is above the ground
It's a miracle she didn't break her neck falling from that height.
a height of 2500 feet/10,000 metres etc
The aircraft was flying at a height of 10,000 metres.
gain/lose height
(=move higher or lower in the sky)
The plane was rapidly losing height.
3.) ¦(HIGH PLACE)¦
a)
a place or position that is a long way above the ground
from a height
a bird that opens shellfish by dropping them from a height onto rocks
Rachel had always been scared of heights .
have a head for heights
(=not be afraid of heights)
b) heights [plural]
a particular high place - used especially in place names
the Golan Heights
4.) new/great/dizzy etc heights
a) a very high level of achievement or success
rise to/reach etc ... heights
He reached the dizzy heights of the national finals.
They took ice dancing to new heights .
b) a very great level or degree
War fever had reached new heights.
5.) the height of sth
the busiest or most extreme part of a period or activity
= ↑peak
the height of the tourist season
6.) be at the height of your success/fame/powers etc
to be more successful, famous etc than at any other time
The Beatles were at the height of their fame.
7.) be the height of fashion/stupidity/luxury etc
to be extremely fashionable, stupid etc
Flared trousers were considered to be the height of fashion in those days.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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