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The altitude gave her a headache.
  elevation (height) — typically above sea level or above the earth’s surface


(metaphorically) a desirable height
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altitude altitudes altitudinal
There are also specialized meanings in mathematics and astronomy.
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  • The altitude gave her a headache.
  • Denver is called the Mile High City because of its altitude (1 mile above sea level).
  • I might elevate my soul to all kinds of altitudes.
    Jack London  --  The Sea Wolf
  • Some climb Mt. Everest without oxygen, but most climbers need oxygen at that altitude.

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  • The economy is rapidly losing altitude.
  • The Victoria had attained an altitude of four thousand feet, and the thermometer indicated a certain diminution of temperature.
    Jules Verne  --  Five Weeks in a Balloon
  • It had been designed to reach an altitude of five miles.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • ...the plane clawed for altitude, jerking and sliding on the wind currents as the pilot took off,
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • I squinted and focused, all the time gaining altitude.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • the great chest fin that rose high in the air to the altitude of the man.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea

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  • Instead they zigzagged back and forth, increasing their altitude by small increments every time they changed directions.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • "Tell me," Kate asked, "at what altitude does the Aurora sail?"
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • From cruising altitude, the rows of planes look like crop lines, a harvest of abandoned technology #1) YOU ARRIVED HERE BY NECESSITY.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • German rockets exploded all around us at high altitude, the shock waves shaking the plane.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Maximum altitude.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • The flight north was long and uneventful, except that we lost one engine over James Bay and had to complete the journey at an altitude of five hundred feet through rather dense fog.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • The altitude hits you pretty hard.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Mama dove toward the Colossus, leaving my stomach at a higher altitude.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • He focused attention on a graphic presentation showing the course and probable altitudes flown by the plane.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • Thinking any moment the plane would dive and I would hear the roar of its engines across the cay at low altitude, I stood with Stew Cat a few feet from the sloshing surf.
    Theodore Taylor  --  The Cay
  • Deliberately, almost lazily, the bombers shed altitude.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Festus creaked and groaned with the effort, but he continued to gain altitude.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • The changing winds of various altitudes took the figure where they would.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • The scudding clouds did look a bit fishy, rippled into scales by a high-altitude wind.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • One might have expected such an intrepid child to be ecstatic, but the speed and altitude frightened him.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The pilot, spotting the camp, circled twice at a low altitude for a closer look.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • As much as the bird pounds its wings, it cannot keep up with the flock, let alone maintain altitude.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • Unfortunately, altitude sickness kept me from the top.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • With two powerful flaps she gained altitude.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Silently she tried to let him know she was okay, that she was still breathing the air in, coping with the altitude.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • The controls refused to respond, and they started to lose altitude.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • "A real pleasure, feller," it burbled; "we are currently in orbit at an altitude of three hundred miles around the legendary planet of Magrathea."
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The planes gained altitude steadily and were above nine thousand feet by the time they crossed into enemy territory.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The massive blast effect of the bomb means it cannot be released below an altitude of 6,000 feet.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • This poor animal’s like a human being at ten thousand feet altitude.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • A few months earlier, he had been given a flight safety award by his airline for successfully handling a jumbo-jet engine failure at low altitude.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • If the horizon was two and a half miles away at an altitude of five feet, how far away was it when I was sitting against the mast of my raft, my eyes not even three feet above the water?
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The altitude of the gallows that would turn to water and quench it, no functionary, by any stretch of mathematics, was able to calculate successfully.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The moon seemed huge from this altitude, the craters on its surface easily distinguishable.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Ron yelled, swinging the steering wheel around; they missed the dark stone wall by inches as the car turned in a great arc, soaring over the dark greenhouses, then the vegetable patch, and then out over the black lawns, losing altitude all the time.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • By’r lady, your ladyship is nearer to heaven than when I saw you last, by the altitude of a chopine.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • So start slowly, and make sure you’ve got good altitude before you really open her up.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • If he possessed the power to arrest any wandering eye when exhibiting the glories of his altitude on foot, his equestrian graces were still more likely to attract attention.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • His wound twinged as Saphira lifted her azure wings, then drove them down and jumped forward, gaining speed and altitude each second.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Flight 196 parted company with the ground at 7:28, and at 7:31, as it gained altitude, the thought-pistol went off in Dick Hallorann’s head again.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • "At that altitude, yes," Agustan grinned.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Having the advantage of her in altitude, the driver had stood his ground and even ventured to attempt to speak; and the result had been a furious altercation, which, continuing all the way down Ashland Avenue, had added a new swarm of urchins to the cortege at each side street for half a mile.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • It was the most stunning surprise of the decade, and so profound was the sensation that it lifted the new hero up to the judicial one’s altitude, and the school had two marvels to gaze upon in place of one.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Geometry will simplify the operation considerably; with its help the altitude of the highest mountains are ascertained; we may, therefore, easily find the height of that branch.’
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
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