altitude

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Latin altitudo (height), from altus (high).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈælt.ɪˌtjuːd/, /ˈælt.ɪˌt͡ʃuːd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈælt.ɪˌtuːd/

Noun[edit]

altitude (plural altitudes)

  1. The absolute height of a location, usually measured from sea level.
    • 2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 36: 
      Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.
    As the altitude increases, the temperature gets lower, so remember to bring warm clothes to the mountains.
  2. A vertical distance.
  3. (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.
  4. (astronomy) The angular distance of a heavenly body above our Earth's horizon.
  5. Height of rank or excellence; superiority.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jonathan Swift to this entry?)
  6. (dated, in the plural) Elevation of spirits; heroics; haughty airs.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      The man of law began to get into his altitudes.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Richardson to this entry?)
  7. Highest point or degree.
    • Shakespeare
      He is [proud] even to the altitude of his virtue.

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

altitude f (plural altitudes)

  1. altitude

Galician[edit]

Noun[edit]

altitude f (plural altitudes)

  1. altitude

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin altitudo.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /aɫ.ti.ˈtu.ðɨ/
  • Hyphenation: al‧ti‧tu‧de

Noun[edit]

altitude f (plural altitudes)

  1. altitude