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elevation

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Elevation \El'e*va"tion\, noun [L. elevatio: cf. F. ['e]l['e]vation.]

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 character.

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

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

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

elevation

noun

1: the event of something being raised upward; "an elevation of the temperature in the afternoon"; "a raising of the land resulting from volcanic activity" [syn: {elevation}, {lift}, {raising}]

2: the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development; "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" [syn: {acme}, {height}, {elevation}, {peak}, {pinnacle}, {summit}, {superlative}, {meridian}, {tiptop}, {top}]

3: angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object) [syn: {elevation}, {EL}, {altitude}, {ALT}]

4: a raised or elevated geological formation [syn: {natural elevation}, {elevation}] [ant: {depression}, {natural depression}]

5: distance of something above a reference point (such as sea level); "there was snow at the higher elevations"

6: (ballet) the height of a dancer's leap or jump; "a dancer of exceptional elevation"

7: drawing of an exterior of a structure

8: the act of increasing the wealth or prestige or power or scope of something; "the aggrandizement of the king"; "his elevation to cardinal" [syn: {aggrandizement}, {aggrandisement}, {elevation}]

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