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Definition elevation (height) — typically above sea level or above the earth's surface


(metaphorically) a desirable height
  • The altitude gave her a headache.
altitude = elevation (height above sea level)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • My waving and screaming were to no avail; from his altitude, I was indistinguishable from a pile of rocks.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • altitude = height
  • That week, they had made practice runs from eight to ten thousand feet, and the potential for antiaircraft fire to butcher them at that altitude had alarmed the whole crew.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • altitude = elevation (height)
  • There was a speck above the island, a figure dropping swiftly beneath a parachute, a figure that hung with dangling limbs. The changing winds of various altitudes took the figure where they would.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • altitudes = heights
  • It had been designed to reach an altitude of five miles.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • altitude = elevation (height)
  • the great chest fin that rose high in the air to the altitude of the man.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • altitude = height (elevation)
  • Instead they zigzagged back and forth, increasing their altitude by small increments every time they changed directions.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • altitude = elevation (height)
  • I squinted and focused, all the time gaining altitude.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • altitude = elevation (height)
  • "Tell me," Kate asked, "at what altitude does the Aurora sail?"
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • altitude = elevation (height above sea level)
  • many of those who died had been far stronger and possessed vastly more high-altitude experience than I.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • altitude = elevation
  • ...the plane clawed for altitude, jerking and sliding on the wind currents as the pilot took off,
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • altitude = elevation (to rise higher)
  • As the day's first light walked over the Pacific, the plane rose toward its bombing altitude, more than thirty thousand feet.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • altitude = elevation (height)
  • It would take forty-three seconds for the bomb to reach its detonation altitude, a little less than two thousand feet.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • altitude = elevation (height)
  • I'd gained nearly seven hundred feet of altitude since stepping off the hanging glacier, all of it on crampon front points and the picks of my axes.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • altitude = elevation (height above sea level)
  • He was tired and feeling the altitude.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
altitude = elevation

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