1) N-VAR: oft with poss, amount in N, N of amount The height of a person or thing is their size or length from the bottom to the top.

Her weight is about normal for her height...

I am 5'6'' in height...

The wave here has a length of 250 feet and a height of 10 feet...

He was a man of medium height.

...a garden containing all sorts of trees and shrubs of varying heights and shades.

2) N-UNCOUNT Height is the quality of being tall.

She admits that her height is intimidating for some men.

3) N-VAR A particular height is the distance that something is above the ground or above something else mentioned.

At the speed and height at which he was moving, he was never more than half a second from disaster.

...a test in which a 6.3 kilogram weight was dropped on it from a height of 1 metre...

The corridors there were painted chocolate-brown to shoulder height...

The chains were at different heights on the wall.

4) N-COUNT A height is a high position or place above the ground.

From a height, it looks like a desert...

I'm not afraid of heights.

...the Golan Heights.

5) N-SING: at N with poss When an activity, situation, or organization is at its height, it is at its most successful, powerful, or intense.

During the early sixth century emigration from Britain to Brittany was at its height...

At its height Bletchley Park employed 12,000 people...

He was struck down at the height of his career...

At the height of the summer season there can be up to 42,000 people in Benidorm.

6) N-SING: the N of n (emphasis) If you say that something is the height of a particular quality, you are emphasizing that it has that quality to the greatest degree possible.

The hip-hugging black and white polka-dot dress was the height of fashion...

I think it's the height of bad manners to be dressed badly...

This is the height of hooliganism.

7) N-PLURAL: with supp, oft adj N, N of n If something reaches great heights, it becomes very extreme or intense.

...the mid-1980s, when prices rose to absurd heights...

Recently the speculation has reached new heights...

One wondered what heights of ecstasy the winner reached.

English dictionary. 2008.


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