Definitions of elevation

  1. distance of something above a reference point ( such as sea level); " there was snow at the higher elevations"
  2. Condition of being elevated; height; exaltation.
  3. That which is raised up or elevated; an elevated place or station; as, an elevation of the ground; a hill.
  4. 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. The angle which the style makes with the substylar line.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. The act of raising; the state of being raised; a sketch plan of the front side of a building; height above sea level.
  10. The act of elevating or raising, or the state of being raised: exaltation: an elevated place or station: a rising ground: height: ( arch.) a geometrical view of the side of a building: ( gun.) the angle made by the line of direction of a gun with the plane of the horizon: ( astron.) altitude: the distance of a heavenly body above the horizon, or the arc of a vertical circle intercepted between it and the horizon: ( dialling) the angle which the style makes with the substylar line: ( trigonometrical surv.) height: altitude: height above the surface of the earth: angular height, or angle of elevation. The angle of elevation of any object is the angle formed by two straight lines drawn from the observer's eye, the one to the top of the object and the other parallel to the horizon, both lines being in the same vertical plane.
  11. Act of elevating; a high position; height.
  12. The act of elevating; exaltation; an elevated place; front view of a building.
  13. The act of elevating; an elevated state; exaltation; dignity; exaltation of mind, style, character, or manners; height; elevated ground; a raising of voice; altitude of a celestial object above the horizon; the angle which the line of direction makes with the plane of the horizon; the angle which the style makes with the substylar line; the progression of the tones from grave to acute; also the raising of the hand or foot in beating time; the representation, drawn to a geometrical scale, of the height of a building above the ground. In the ltom. Cath. Services the elevation of the host, that part of the mass in which the priest raises the host above his head, for the people to adore.
  14. The act of raising from a lower to a higher state or condition; exaltation of character or style; raised ground; a sketch plan of the front or principal side of a building; angle of elevation, the angle through which a heavenly object appears elevated above the horizontal plane to a spectator looking upwards.
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