From the older heighth, from Old English hīehþu, from Proto-Germanic *hauhiþō (compare *hauhaz), cognate to Old Norse and Icelandic hæð (compare Swedish höjd, Norwegian høyde), Dutch hoogte, Old High German hohida, Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌿𐌷𐌹𐌸𐌰 (hauhiþa). Corresponds to high + -th.
- The distance from the base of something to the top.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- He was thinking; but the glory of the song, the swell from the great organ, the clustered lights, […], the height and vastness of this noble fane, its antiquity and its strength—all these things seemed to have their part as causes of the thrilling emotion that accompanied his thoughts.
- The vertical distance from the ground to the highest part of a standing person or animal (withers in the case of a horse).
- The highest point or maximum degree.
c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke: Newly Imprinted and Enlarged to Almost as Much Againe as It Was, According to the True and Perfect Coppie (Second Quarto), London: Printed by I[ames] R[oberts] for N[icholas] L[ing] and are to be sold at his shoppe vnder Saint Dunstons Church in Fleetstreet, published 1604, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iv]:
- 2004, Peter Bondanella, Hollywood Italians: Dagos, Palookas, Romeos, Wise Guys, and Sopranos, chapter 4, 173–174:
- During the height of Italian immigration in the United States and in New York City, gangs flourished not only because of poverty but also because of political and social corruption. Policemen and politicians were often as crooked as the gang leaders themselves.
2011 October 29, Neil Johnston, “Norwich 3 - 3 Blackburn”, in BBC Sport:
- If City never quite reached the heights of their 6-1 demolition of United, then Roberto Mancini's side should still have had this game safe long before Johnson restored their two-goal advantage.
She's at the height of her career.
- A mountain, especially a very high one.
- (Sussex) An area of land at the top of a cliff.
- See also Thesaurus:apex