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Etymology edit

From Middle English, borrowed from Latin altitūdō (height), from altus (high).

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈælt.ɪˌtjuːd/, /ˈælt.ɪˌt͡ʃuːd/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈælt.ɪˌtuːd/

Noun edit

altitude (countable and uncountable, plural altitudes)

  1. 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.
    • 2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 36:
      Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.
  2. A vertical distance.
  3. (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.
  4. (astronomy) The angular distance of a heavenly body above our Earth's horizon.
  5. Height of rank or excellence; superiority.
    • 1704, [Jonathan Swift], A Tale of a Tub. [], London: [] John Nutt, [], →OCLC:
      Whoever has an ambition to be heard in a crowd, must press, and squeeze, and thrust, and climb, with indefatigable pains, till he has exalted himself to a certain degree of altitude above them.
  6. (dated, in the plural) Elevation of spirits; heroics; haughty airs.
  7. Highest point or degree.
  8. (commutative algebra, dated, of a ring) Krull dimension.
  9. (commutative algebra, of an ideal) Height.

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Borrowed from Latin altitūdō.

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altitude f (plural altitudes)

  1. altitude

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Galician edit

Etymology edit

Learned borrowing from Latin altitūdō.

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altitude f (plural altitudes)

  1. altitude

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Portuguese edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from Latin altitūdō.

Pronunciation edit

 
  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /aw.t͡ʃiˈtu.d͡ʒi/ [aʊ̯.t͡ʃiˈtu.d͡ʒi]
    • (Southern Brazil) IPA(key): /aw.t͡ʃiˈtu.de/ [aʊ̯.t͡ʃiˈtu.de]

  • Rhymes: (Brazil) -ud͡ʒi, (Portugal) -udɨ
  • Hyphenation: al‧ti‧tu‧de

Noun edit

altitude f (plural altitudes)

  1. altitude

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