# What does "Altitude" mean?

**Definition**

(n.) Elevation of spirits; heroics; haughty airs (n.) Height of degree; highest point or degree (n.) Height of rank or excellence; superiority (n.) Space extended upward; height; the perpendicular elevation of an object above its foundation, above the ground, or above a given level, or of one object above another; as, the altitude of a mountain, or of a bird above the top of a tree (n.) The elevation of a point, or star, or other celestial object, above the horizon, measured by the arc of a vertical circle intercepted between such point and the horizon. It is either true or apparent; true when measured from the rational or real horizon, apparent when from the sensible or apparent horizon (n.) The perpendicular distance from the base of a figure to the summit, or to the side parallel to the base; as, the altitude of a triangle, pyramid, parallelogram, frustum, etc

**Synonyms**
height, elevation, el, alt

Example: "The altitude gave her a headache"

**Word Family**
altitudes