elevation meaning

[ ˌeli'veiʃən ] Pronunciation:   "elevation" in a sentence
  • Noun: elevation  `elu'veyshun
    1. The event of something being raised upward
      "an elevation of the temperature in the afternoon"
      - lift, raising 
    2. The highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
      - acme, height, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, meridian, tiptop, top 
    3. Angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object)
      - EL, altitude, ALT 
    4. A raised or elevated geological formation
      - natural elevation 
    5. Distance of something above a reference point (such as sea level)
      "there was snow at the higher elevations" 
    6. (ballet) the height of a dancer's leap or jump
      "a dancer of exceptional elevation" 
    7. Drawing of an exterior of a structure 
    8. The act of increasing the wealth or prestige or power or scope of something
      "his elevation to cardinal"
      - aggrandizement, aggrandisement [Brit]

    Derived forms: elevations

    See also: elevate

    Type of: angular position, architectural plan, ascension, ascent, degree, distance, formation, geological formation, increase, leap, level, plan, point, rise, rising, stage, step-up

    Encyclopedia: Elevation

  • [Architecture]

    A drawing showing the vertical elements of a building, either exterior or interior, as a direct projection to a vertical plane.


    The vertical distance above or below some established reference level.

  • [Defence]
    (*) The vertical distance of a point or level on or affixed to the surface of the Earth measured from mean sea level.
    See also altitude.

  • [Electronics]
    Angular position (in degrees) of a point above the horizontal.

  • [Medicine]
    1 : a swelling esp. on the skin
    2 : a usu. abnormal increase (as in degree or amount) ‹an elevation of the pulse rate› ‹an elevation of temperature›


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  1. eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  2. he owed his own elevation to honesty.
  3. the third coordinate is elevation.
  4. the elevation or side view is known as a dendrogram.
  5. along this transect the rise in elevation is gradual.

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