# Elevation vs. Altitude

## Elevation and Altitude Definitions

#### Elevation

The act or an instance of elevating

The slow elevation of body temperature.

#### Altitude

The height of a thing above a reference level, especially above sea level or above the earth's surface.

#### Elevation

The condition of being elevated

Her elevation among scholars.

#### Altitude

Great height or elevation

Has trouble breathing at altitude.

#### Elevation

The height to which something is elevated above a point of reference, especially mean sea level

The ridge rises to an elevation of 3,000 feet.

#### Altitude

Often altitudes A high location or area.

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#### Elevation

The angular distance of an object above the observer's horizon.

#### Altitude

(Astronomy) The angular distance above the observer's horizon of a celestial object.

#### Elevation

An elevated place or position

The hill is the highest elevation around here.

#### Altitude

(Mathematics) The perpendicular distance from the base of a geometric figure to the opposite vertex, parallel side, or parallel surface.

#### Elevation

Loftiness or dignity, as of thought or feeling

A passage noted for its elevation of style.

#### Altitude

The absolute height of a location, usually measured from sea level.

As the altitude increases, the temperature gets lower, so remember to bring warm clothes to the mountains.

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#### Elevation

A scale drawing of the side, front, or rear of a structure.

#### Altitude

A vertical distance.

#### Elevation

The ability to achieve height in a jump, as in ballet.

#### Altitude

(geometry) The distance measured perpendicularly from a figure's vertex to the opposite side of the vertex.

The perpendicular height of a triangle is known as its altitude.

#### Elevation

The degree of height reached when such a jump is executed.

#### Altitude

(astronomy) The angular distance of a heavenly body above our Earth's horizon.

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#### Elevation

The act of raising from a lower place, condition, or quality to a higher; said of material things, persons, the mind, the voice, etc.

The elevation of grain; elevation to a throne; elevation to sainthood; elevation of mind, thoughts, or character

#### Altitude

Height of rank or excellence; superiority.

#### Elevation

The condition of being or feeling elevated; heightened; exaltation.

#### Altitude

Elevation of spirits; heroics; haughty airs.

#### Elevation

That which is raised up or elevated; an elevated place or station.

A hill is an elevation of the ground.

The elevation of the pole, or of a star

#### Altitude

Highest point or degree.

#### Elevation

The measured vertical distance from the peak of a mountain or hill to its bordering lowlands.

#### Altitude

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 a tree.

#### Elevation

The angle which the gnomon makes with the substylar line.

#### Altitude

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.

#### Elevation

The movement of the axis of a piece in a vertical plane; also, the angle of elevation, that is, the angle between the axis of the piece and the line of sight; distinguished from direction.

#### Altitude

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, frustum, etc.

#### Elevation

(architecture) A geometrical projection of a building, or other object, on a plane perpendicular to the horizon; orthographic projection on a vertical plane; called by the ancients the orthography.

#### Altitude

Height of degree; highest point or degree.

He is [proud] even to the altitude of his virtue.

#### Elevation

The raising of the host—representing Christ’s body—in a mass or Holy Communion service.

#### Altitude

Height of rank or excellence; superiority.

#### Elevation

The act of raising from a lower place, condition, or quality to a higher; - said of material things, persons, the mind, the voice, etc.; as, the elevation of grain; elevation to a throne; elevation of mind, thoughts, or character.

#### Altitude

Elevation of spirits; heroics; haughty airs.

The man of law began to get into his altitude.

#### Elevation

Condition of being elevated; height; exaltation.

His style . . . wanted a little elevation.

#### Altitude

Elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface;

The altitude gave her a headache

#### Elevation

That which is raised up or elevated; an elevated place or station; as, an elevation of the ground; a hill.

#### Altitude

The perpendicular distance from the base of a geometric figure to opposite vertex (or side if parallel)

#### Elevation

The distance of a celestial object above the horizon, or the arc of a vertical circle intercepted between it and the horizon; altitude; as, the elevation of the pole, or of a star.

#### Altitude

Angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object)

#### Elevation

The angle which the style makes with the substylar line.

#### Elevation

The movement of the axis of a piece in a vertical plane; also, the angle of elevation, that is, the angle between the axis of the piece and the line o sight; - distinguished from direction.

#### Elevation

A geometrical projection of a building, or other object, on a plane perpendicular to the horizon; orthographic projection on a vertical plane; - called by the ancients the orthography.

#### Elevation

The event of something being raised upward;

An elevation of the temperature in the afternoon

A raising of the land resulting from volcanic activity

#### Elevation

The highest level or degree attainable;

His landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty

The artist's gifts are at their acme

At the height of her career

The peak of perfection

Summer was at its peak

...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame

The summit of his ambition

So many highest superlatives achieved by man

At the top of his profession

#### Elevation

Angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object)

#### Elevation

A raised or elevated geological formation

#### Elevation

Distance of something above a reference point (such as sea level);

There was snow at the higher elevations

#### Elevation

(ballet) the height of a dancer's leap or jump;

A dancer of exceptional elevation

#### Elevation

Drawing of an exterior of a structure

#### Elevation

The act of increasing the wealth or prestige or power or scope of something;

The aggrandizement of the king

His elevation to cardinal