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Meaning of “height” in the English Dictionary

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heightnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /haɪt/
B1 the ​distance from the ​top to the ​bottom of something, or the ​quality of being ​tall: The ​sheer height of New York's ​skyscrapers is so ​impressive. She's about ​average height (= neither ​shortnortall).B1 the ​particulardistance that something is above a ​surface: The ​bulletentered the ​body at ​chest height.heights high ​places, or the ​top of ​hills: Don't go up the ​tower if you're afraid of heights. Machine ​guns were ​mounted along the heights behind the ​town. a high ​level of ​success: He reached the heights of his ​profession at the ​age of 35. Share ​prices scaled new heights ​yesterday. Her ​husband rose to the dizzy/​lofty heights of ​transportminister.the height of sth C2 the ​time when a ​situation or ​event is ​strongest or most ​full of ​activity: August is the height of the ​touristseason. At the height of the ​violence/​crisis we were ​left without any ​help. an ​extremeexample of something: the height of ​fashion the ​time when you are most ​successful in what you do: She was at the height of her ​career when he first ​met her.

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(Definition of height from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"height" in American English

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heightnoun [C/U]

 us   /hɑɪt/
the ​distance from the ​top to the ​bottom of something, or the ​quality of being ​tall: [C] The heights of the two ​towers are ​equal. [U] She’s of ​average height (= neither ​unusuallyshortnortall). Height also refers to the ​distance that something is above a ​surface: [U] You can ​adjust the height of the ​chair with this ​lever.the height of The height of a ​condition or ​event is when it is most ​full of ​activity or when it is at ​itstoplevel of ​achievement: She was at the height of her ​career when they ​met.the height of The height of also ​means an ​extremeexample of: the height of ​luxury/​power/​stupidity
(Definition of height from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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