- The absolute height of a location, usually measured from sea level.
- As the altitude increases, the temperature gets lower, so remember to bring warm clothes to the mountains.
- A vertical distance.
- (geometry) The distance measured perpendicularly from a figure's vertex to the opposite side of the vertex.
- The perpendicular height of a triangle is known as its altitude.
- (astronomy) The angular distance of a heavenly body above our Earth's horizon.
- Height of rank or excellence; superiority.
- (dated, in the plural) Elevation of spirits; heroics; haughty airs.
- 1815 February 23, [Walter Scott], Guy Mannering; or, The Astrologer. [...] In Three Volumes, volume (
please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, […]; and Archibald Constable and Co., […], OCLC 742335644 ↗:
- Highest point or degree.
- c. 1608–1609, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Coriolanus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
- He is [proud] even to the altitude of his virtue.