[syn: elevation, EL, altitude, ALT]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Altitude \Al"ti*tude\, n. [L. altitudo, fr. altus high. Cf.
Altar, Haughty, Enhance.]
1. Space extended upward; height; the perpendicular elevation
of an object above its foundation, above the ground, or
above a given level, or of one object above another; as,
the altitude of a mountain, or of a bird above the top of
2. (Astron.) The elevation of a point, or star, or other
celestial object, above the horizon, measured by the arc
of a vertical circle intercepted between such point and
the horizon. It is either true or apparent; true when
measured from the rational or real horizon, apparent when
from the sensible or apparent horizon.
3. (Geom.) The perpendicular distance from the base of a
figure to the summit, or to the side parallel to the base;
as, the altitude of a triangle, pyramid, parallelogram,
4. Height of degree; highest point or degree.
He is [proud] even to the altitude of his virtue.
5. Height of rank or excellence; superiority. --Swift.
6. pl. Elevation of spirits; heroics; haughty airs. [Colloq.]
The man of law began to get into his altitude. --Sir
Meridian altitude, an arc of the meridian intercepted
between the south point on the horizon and any point on
the meridian. See Meridian, 3.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's
surface; "the altitude gave her a headache" [syn:
2: the perpendicular distance from the base of a geometric
figure to the opposite vertex (or side if parallel)
3: angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial
object) [syn: elevation, EL, altitude, ALT]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
31 Moby Thesaurus words for "altitude":
Cartesian coordinates, abscissa, apex, azimuth, ceiling, clearance,
coordinates, cylindrical coordinates, declination, elevation,
eminence, equator coordinates, exaltation, hauteur, height,
heighth, highness, latitude, loftiness, longitude, ordinate, peak,
perpendicular distance, polar coordinates, prominence,
right ascension, stature, sublimity, summit, tallness,