Altitude Definition and Meaning: What Does Altitude Mean?

Altitude Definition

al·ti·tude  (lt-td, -tyd)

n.

1. The height of a thing above a reference level, especially above sea level or above the earth's surface. See Synonyms at elevation.

2. A high location or area.

3. Astronomy The angular distance of a celestial object above the horizon.

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

5. High position or rank.



altitude [ˈæltɪˌtjuːd]

n

1. the vertical height of an object above some chosen level, esp above sea level; elevation

2. (Mathematics) Geometry the perpendicular distance from the vertex to the base of a geometrical figure or solid

3. (Astronomy) Also called elevation Astronomy navigation the angular distance of a celestial body from the horizon measured along the vertical circle passing through the body Compare azimuth [1]

4. (Mathematics & Measurements / Surveying) Surveying the angle of elevation of a point above the horizontal plane of the observer

5. (often plural) a high place or region

[from Latin altitūdō, from altus high, deep]


al•ti•tude (ˈæl tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud)

n.

1. the height of a thing above a given planetary reference plane, esp. above sea level on earth.

2. extent or distance upward; height.

3. the angular distance of a heavenly body above the horizon.

4.

a. the perpendicular distance from the vertex of a geometric figure to the side opposite the vertex.

b. the line through the vertex of a geometric figure perpendicular to the base.

5. Usu., altitudes. a high region.


altitude  (lt-td)

1. The height of an object or structure above a reference level, usually above sea level or the Earth's surface.

2. Astronomy The position of a celestial object above an observer's horizon, measured in degrees along a line between the horizon (0°) and the zenith (90°). Unlike declination and celestial latitudethe corresponding points in other celestial coordinate systemsthe altitude of star or other celestial object is dependent on an observer's geographic location and changes steadily as the sky passes overhead due to the movement of the Universe. See more at altazimuth coordinate system.

3. Mathematics The perpendicular distance from the base of a geometric figure, such as a triangle, to the opposite vertex, side, or surface.


Noun 1. altitude - elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface; "the altitude gave her a headache"

height

elevation - distance of something above a reference point (such as sea level); "there was snow at the higher elevations"

level - height above ground; "the water reached ankle level"; "the pictures were at the same level"

ceiling - (meteorology) altitude of the lowest layer of clouds

ceiling - maximum altitude at which a plane can fly (under specified conditions)

2. altitude - the perpendicular distance from the base of a geometric figure to the opposite vertex (or side if parallel)

distance, length - size of the gap between two places; "the distance from New York to Chicago"; "he determined the length of the shortest line segment joining the two points"

3. altitude - angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object)

ALT, EL, elevation

angular position - relation by which any position with respect to any other position is established


altitude

noun height, summit, peak, elevation, loftiness The next day I ran my first race at high altitude.


noun

1.

the height of anything above a given planetary reference plane, especially above sea level on earth.

2.

extent or distance upward; height.

3.

Astronomy. the angular distance of a heavenly body above the horizon.

4.

Geometry.

a.

the perpendicular distance from the vertex of a figure to the side opposite the vertex.

b.

the line through the vertex of a figure perpendicular to the base.

5.

Usually, altitudes. a high place or region: mountain altitudes.


n 1. the vertical height of an object above some chosen level, esp above sea level; elevation 2. geometry  the perpendicular distance from the vertex to the base of a geometrical figure or solid 3. astronomy, nautical  Compare azimuth Also called: elevation  the angular distance of a celestial body from the horizon measured along the vertical circle passing through the body 4. surveying  the angle of elevation of a point above the horizontal plane of the observer 5. ( often plural ) a high place or region   [C14: from Latin altitūdō,  from altus  high, deep]   alti'tudinal   — adj

ALTITUDE
  The noun ALTITUDE has 3 senses:

1. elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface
2. the perpendicular distance from the base of a geometric figure to opposite vertex (or side if parallel)
3. angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object)

  Familiarity information: ALTITUDE used as a noun is uncommon.

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

altitude; height

Context example:

the altitude gave her a headache

Hypernyms ("altitude" is a kind of...):

elevation (distance of something above a reference point (such as sea level))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "altitude"):

level (height above ground)

ceiling ((meteorology) altitude of the lowest layer of clouds)

ceiling (maximum altitude at which a plane can fly (under specified conditions))


Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Hypernyms ("altitude" is a kind of...):

distance; length (size of the gap between two places)


Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Synonyms:

ALT; EL; altitude; elevation

Hypernyms ("altitude" is a kind of...):

angular position (relation by which any position with respect to any other position is established)


Altitude, What does Altitude mean?

Altitude is also known as height, and it is often used to refer to the height above sea level. The world is divided into multiple altitude regions, from the lowest point near the ground and the highest point near the uppermost layer of the Earth’s atmosphere. It is difficult for humans to survive in very high altitudes and impossible at certain altitudes. In addition, food must be cooked according to special instructions due to altitude’s effect on cooking times and cooking temperatures.

Many people mean the land above sea level when referring to a place’s altitude. Elevation is a better term for that, however, because altitude is not limited to that definition. It takes on different meanings depending on its context; for example, aviation altitudes are much different from altitudes mentioned in a sports game.

Earth’s atmosphere is divided into five regions of altitudes, with troposphere, stratosphere, and mesosphere being the closest to the ground. Thermosphere and exosphere are higher than the previous three. The stratosphere is 31 miles (50 kilometers) above the ground and may be commonly heard in sayings such as, “He hit the ball out of the stratosphere,” meaning someone hit a ball quite far.

At very high altitudes, a person’s heart rate speeds up and his or her breathing comes more quickly. This effect is usually experienced in a severe manner by mountain climbers because the oxygen thins the further one climbs. After a certain point, a mountain climber must have additional oxygen in a tank to survive because there is no longer enough oxygen to keep the brain alive. Millions of people experience a mild form of altitude sickness each year because of how quickly humans can travel from low altitudes to high altitudes by vehicle. Mild cases can usually be overcome by allowing the body time to adjust to the higher height, but some people do not get over altitude sickness until they return to a height their body is used to.

In general, high altitude refers to locations above the mean sea level. Many people live in high-altitude areas of the world, but the slightly thinner oxygen level and greater atmospheric pressure affects the cooking time and temperature of foods. In addition, water boils faster at higher altitudes and evaporates faster. Many raw and prepared foods have instructions on the label specifically meant for people who cook food at high altitudes, but the cooking temperature and time of some foods may need to be researched.


Example sentences for altitude

  • We are soon soaring at an altitude of 800 feet, skimming over farmland and suburbia at 80 mph.

  • This small, mountainous, landlocked country has a wide variety of climatic conditions because of its great range of altitude.

  • Pick a high altitude location that has you looking away from the city.

  • Once on the mountain, the young man's journal became little more than a catalog of his struggle with the altitude.

  • The wide range in altitudes in this ecoregion results in two major forest zones.

  • Polar flights often have to change altitudes or routes to avoid very cold air which could freeze their fuel.

  • In fact, this plane set a new unofficial record for the highest altitude ever achieved by a propeller aircraft.

  • Other chapters focus on ailments related to altitude or excessive heat or cold.

  • The high-altitude conditions were not conducive to sustenance farming, but they were ideal for growing flax.

  • Biodiesel can gel at cooler temperatures, such as those experienced on a winter's day or at high altitude.

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