altitude meaning

[ 'æltitju:d ] Pronunciation:   "altitude" in a sentence
Noun: altitude  'alti`t(y)ood
  1. Elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface
    "the altitude gave her a headache"
    - height 
  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)
    - elevation, EL, ALT

Derived forms: altitudes

See also: altitudinal, altitudinous

Type of: angular position, distance, elevation, length

Encyclopedia: Altitude Altitude, effects on humans

(*) The vertical distance of a level, a point or an object considered as a point, measured from mean sea level.
See also density altitude; drop altitude; elevation; minimum safe altitude; pressure altitude; transition altitude; true altitude.

1. The vertical distance of an object above sea level.
2. The vertical distance of an object
above the earth’s surface.
3. The angle, measured in degrees, with respect to the horizon, at which a highly directional antenna is pointed.


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  1. the 3 altitudes of a triangle are concurrent.
  2. in these altitudes, snow never melts.
  3. it is difficult to breathe at these altitudes.
  4. this envelope gradually peters out with altitude.
  5. the pilots dropped to the altitudes under 500ft.

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