Definitions for: Elevation

[n] the act of increasing the wealth or prestige or power or scope of something; "the aggrandizement of the king"; "his elevation to cardinal"
[n] drawing of an exterior of a structure
[n] (ballet) the height of a dancer's leap or jump; "a dancer of exceptional elevation"
[n] distance of something above a reference point (such as sea level); "there was snow at the higher elevations"
[n] the event of something being raised upward; "an elevation of the temperature in the afternoon"; "a raising of the land resulting from volcanic activity"
[n] a raised or elevated geological formation
[n] angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object)
[n] the highest level or degree attainable; "his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty"; "the artist's gifts are at their acme"; "at the height of her career"; "the peak of perfection"; "summer was at its peak"; "...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame"; "the summit of his ambition"; "so many highest superlatives achieved by man"; "at the top of his profession"

Webster (1913) Definition: El`e*va"tion, n. [L. elevatio: cf. F.
1. The act of raising from a lower place, condition, or
quality to a higher; -- said of material things, persons,
the mind, the voice, etc.; as, the elevation of grain;
elevation to a throne; elevation of mind, thoughts, or

2. Condition of being elevated; height; exaltation. ``Degrees
of elevation above us.'' --Locke.

His style . . . wanted a little elevation. --Sir H.

3. That which is raised up or elevated; an elevated place or
station; as, an elevation of the ground; a hill.

4. (Astron.) The distance of a celestial object above the
horizon, or the arc of a vertical circle intercepted
between it and the horizon; altitude; as, the elevation of
the pole, or of a star.

5. (Dialing) The angle which the style makes with the
substylar line.

6. (Gunnery) The movement of the axis of a piece in a
vertical plane; also, the angle of elevation, that is, the
angle between the axis of the piece and the line o? sight;
-- distinguished from direction.

7. (Drawing) A geometrical projection of a building, or other
object, on a plane perpendicular to the horizon;
orthographic projection on a vertical plane; -- called by
the ancients the orthography.

Angle of elevation (Geodesy), the angle which an ascending
line makes with a horizontal plane.

Elevation of the host (R. C. Ch.), that part of the Mass in
which the priest raises the host above his head for the
people to adore.

Synonyms: acme, aggrandisement, aggrandizement, ALT, altitude, EL, height, lift, natural elevation, peak, pinnacle, raising, summit, superlative, top

Antonyms: depression, natural depression

See Also: altitude, angular position, architectural plan, ascension, ascent, degree, distance, ego trip, foreland, formation, geological formation, geology, grade, ground level, headland, height, highland, hill, hills, incline, increase, isometry, leap, level, mount, mountain, plan, point, promontory, ridge, rise, rising, self-aggrandisement, self-aggrandizement, side, slope, stage, step-up, swell, upland, water level

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