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


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.

(*) 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.

Angular position (in degrees) of a point above the horizontal.

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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