height noun

1 how tall sb/sth is

ADJ. full, maximum He drew himself up to his full height and glared at us. | considerable, great, towering Her great height was rather a handicap. | average, medium, middle a man of middle height

VERB + HEIGHT measure | grow to, reach The plants grow to a maximum height of 24 inches.

PREP. in ~ The wall is 2.5 metres in height.

2 distance above the ground/sea level

ADJ. considerable, great The object had clearly fallen from a considerable height. | ceiling, chest, head, shoulder, waist, etc. Bring your hands to shoulder height.

VERB + HEIGHT gain | lose The plane was beginning to lose height. | maintain The pilot was unable to maintain height. | attain, climb to, reach, rise to The balloon reached a height of 20,000 feet.

PREP. at a ~ of The animal lives in lakes near Mexico City, at a height of 6,000 to 7,000 feet above sea level.

3 (usually heights) high place

ADJ. mountain, rocky The condor soars above the mountain heights.

VERB + HEIGHT scale They were the first expedition to scale the heights of Everest. | be afraid of, have no head for | have a head for A steeplejack has to have a good head for heights.

PREP. from a ~ The pattern of the ancient fields is clearly visible from a height.

PHRASES a fear of heights 4 heights high level of achievement

ADJ. commanding, dizzy, giddy, lofty They have risen to the dizzy heights of the semi-finals. | new The group's popularity reached new heights when they got a top ten hit.

VERB + HEIGHT reach, rise to, scale She rose to undreamed-of heights of power and fame.