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noun     height pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the degree to which something is high or someone is tall

    He was about the same height as his wife.

    in height:

    a graceful tower, rising to 400 feet in height

    someone’s full height (=their height when they stand up straight):

    He rose to his full height and surveyed the scene.

    1. a.
      the distance that something is from the ground or from the floor, or from a fixed level such as the sea

      What height do you want the picture at?

      She could remember being carried at shoulder height, giggling and swaying.

      gain/lose height:

      The aircraft began to lose height.

      at a height of:

      Lescun is three miles from the main road at a height of 3,000 feet.

      a great height:

      Her injuries are consistent with a fall from a great height.

    2. b.
      the state of being too high or tall, or not high or tall enough

      She couldn’t see the road because of the height of the wall (=because it was too high).

      Steve could not become a pilot because of his height (=because he was not tall enough).

  2. 2
    [countable] [usually plural] a high place or position

    A battalion had captured the heights above the beach.

    Dave was trying to overcome his fear of heights.

  3. 3
    [singular] the time or level of greatest activity
    height of:

    At the height of the violence, neighbor was killing neighbor.

    It is the height of irresponsibility to make such comments.

    Jeans were once again the height of fashion.

    at its height:

    The excitement was at its height.

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