• A. Cross-Section Thru Back Left Leg and Adjoining Rails of Table. (Plan). B. Elevation, Showing Wide Shoulder on Tenon of Rail
    A. Cross-Section Thru Back Left Leg and Adjoining Rails of Table. (Plan). B. Elevation, Showing Wide Shoulder on Tenon of Rail
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n elevation the act of increasing the wealth or prestige or power or scope of something "the aggrandizement of the king","his elevation to cardinal"
    • n elevation drawing of an exterior of a structure
    • n elevation (ballet) the height of a dancer's leap or jump "a dancer of exceptional elevation"
    • n elevation distance of something above a reference point (such as sea level) "there was snow at the higher elevations"
    • n elevation the event of something being raised upward "an elevation of the temperature in the afternoon","a raising of the land resulting from volcanic activity"
    • n elevation a raised or elevated geological formation
    • n elevation angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object)
    • n elevation 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The "Elevated Den" in the Ball Room The "Elevated Den" in the Ball Room
Colonel Lockwood's Farewell to the Kitchen on his elevation to the Upper House Colonel Lockwood's Farewell to the Kitchen on his elevation to the Upper House
Tank-Engine, N. Y. Elevated Railroad Tank-Engine, N. Y. Elevated Railroad
Compound Marine Engine, Side Elevation Compound Marine Engine, Side Elevation

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The White House has 35 bathrooms, 3 elevators, 132 rooms, and 412 doors in it
    • Elevation (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.
    • Elevation Condition of being elevated; height; exaltation. "Degrees of elevation above us.""His style . . . wanted a little elevation ."
    • Elevation That which is raised up or elevated; an elevated place or station; as, an elevation of the ground; a hill.
    • Elevation 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.
    • Elevation (Dialing) The angle which the style makes with the substylar line.
    • Elevation (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.
    • Elevation (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 of sight; -- distinguished from direction.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first building with an elevator was the six-story 130-foot Equitable Life Building in New York. It was built in 1870.
    • n elevation The act of elevating or raising from a lower level, place, or position to a higher.
    • n elevation The state of being raised or elevated; exaltation; specifically, exaltation of feeling or spirits.
    • n elevation Hence A state of slight inebriation; tipsiness.
    • n elevation That which is raised or elevated; an elevated place; a rising ground; a height.
    • n elevation Altitude. In astronomy, the distance of a heavenly body above the horizon, or the arc of a vertical circle intercepted between it and the horizon.
    • n elevation In architecture, a geometrical representation of a building or part of a building or other structure in vertical projection—that is, of its upright parts.
    • n elevation Eccles., the act of raising the eucharistic elements after consecration and before communion, in sign of oblation to God, or in order to show them to the people. With reference to the latter purpose especially, this act is also known as the ostension. The act of elevation before God and that of ostension to the people are, however, in many liturgies not coincident.
    • n elevation In the Rom. Cath. liturgy, a musical composition, vocal or instrumental, performed in connection with the elevation of the host.
    • n elevation Synonyms Lifting, lifting up, uplifting, improvement.
    • n elevation Eminence, loftiness, superiority, refinement.
    • n elevation In old music, a grace or embellishment consisting of a short upward run connecting two notes separated by a skip.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The highest point of the earth, with an elevation of 29,141 feet, is the top of Mt. Everest in Tibet.
    • ns Elevation the act of elevating or raising, or the state of being raised: exaltation: an elevated place or station: a rising ground: height: : :
    • ns Elevation (archit.) a representation of the flat side of a building, drawn with mathematical accuracy, but without any attention to effect
    • ns Elevation (astron., geog.) the height above the horizon of an object on the sphere, measured by the arc of a vertical circle through it and the zenith
    • ns Elevation (gun.) the angle made by the line of direction of a gun with the plane of the horizon
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  • Christopher Dawson
    Christopher Dawson
    “The man who is fond of books is usually a man of lofty thought, and of elevated opinions.”
  • Jim Ferree
    Jim Ferree
    “There are some people who knock the pyramids because they don't have elevators.”
  • Thomas Wolfe
    “Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.”
  • G. Darley
    G. Darley
    “Fashionabilty is a kind of elevated vulgarity.”
  • Walter Savage Landor
    “Everything that looks to the future elevates human nature. Never is life so low or so little as when occupied with the present.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Napoleon affords us an example of the danger of elevating one's self to the absolute, and sacrificing everything to the carrying out of an idea.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. elevatio,: cf. F. élévation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. elevāre, -ātume, out, up, levāre, to raise—levis, light. See Light (2).


In literature:

Between elevations of 10,000 and 12,000 feet the silver fir is the commonest tree.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
We hazard nothing in the reply, that it is elevated, accomplished, and pure.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
It has a mean elevation of 15,000 feet, but rises as high as 16,000.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
The time was, when popes had been elevated for their piety and learning, and when they lived as saints and died as martyrs.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
It was, doubtless, owing to their elevated moral character that courts and legal proceedings had become unnecessary.
"Mizora: A Prophecy" by Mary E. Bradley
A man takes me in the elevator to the third floor and there hands me over to Ida.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
Their course brought them within a few rods of the base of the elevation on which Deerfoot was standing.
"Deerfoot in The Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
The roll of closing elevator doors, and the rumble of the ascending elevator.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
Harry walked down the hall and punched the elevator button.
"This Crowded Earth" by Robert Bloch
An elevation on the after-part of our ships of war, opposed to forecastle, for the purpose of fighting.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth

In poetry:

He will instruct us still to strain
Towards something to redress our pain,
To elevate our joy;
Something responding to that sense
Of restlessness that calls us hence,
And makes existence cloy.
"Poet’s Corner" by Alfred Austin
Cold hears thy soul the praise or cursing of posterity.
Quit of the human race, thou man of destiny!
They only could o'erthrow, who thee did elevate--
Forever thus remains thy greatness great!
"On Napoleon's Death" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
Slay thou the son of falsehood with thy breath,
Who elevates himself 'bove all that's good —
And put that old, that scarlet-whore, to death,
Who slakes her thirst, so oft, with Christian blood.
"A Prayer For The Church" by Rees Prichard
Surely a statesman's wasted here;
And I suggest, in nervous fear,
That we might move to elevate
Ksmith on high to guide the State;
Then we'd be saved. And I might see
Less of Ksmith. That would suit me.
"'KSmith'" by C J Dennis
Build the marble palace! sound the hollow fame!
Be the trodden pathway for a conqueror's career!
Exhale your million breathings to elevate one name!
And die, when ye have shouted it till centuries shall hear!
"Our Destiny" by Ernest Jones
Beyond the immeasurable space
Where glimmers the remotest star;
Beyond those cycles whence we trace,
Though faintly, what we were and are;
The only lights that smile and shine,
And elevate, are Thee and thine.
"Dedicatory Hymn" by John Bowring

In news:

A parking garage attendant drove a car down five floors into an empty automobile elevator shaft this morning on the Upper East Side — and miracolously survived.
An Infiniti got trapped in a car- elevator shaft on the morning of May 24, 2012.
Car crashes through elevator shaft at Seattle medical center.
"Bleeding Love" singer Leona Lewis somehow avoided bloodshed during a terrifying mishap last Friday: she fell down an elevator shaft .
Lewis, 25, was performing at a Sheffield, England concert when an onstage elevator (or "lift" in British parlance) malfunctioned.
Drummer dies in elevator shaft fall.
A 34-year-old man who tried to exit a stuck elevator died after falling five stories down a Brooklyn elevator shaft .
An Infiniti got trapped in a car-elevator shaft on the morning of May 24, 2012.
To come up with it, scientists drop an experiment down an elevator shaft.
"Bleeding Love" singer Leona Lewis somehow avoided bloodshed during a terrifying mishap last Friday: she fell down an elevator shaft.
TTU starts track, elevates Awotula.
New Owners Transform Restaurant to Elevate Customer Expectations of Upscale OC Dining.
Yuri Milner steps into an elevator for the quick, quiet ride to his penthouse apartment.
Far too often, subway elevators are turning into prisons for straphangers.
Magnus Greaves , CEO of TheCASHFLOW, explains what makes a great elevator pitch.

In science:

Path length variation ∆L3 as function of elevation of the reflector.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
The holographic surface measurement was limited to one elevation angle.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
The first issue was solved noting that the presence of a massless spin-2 particle could indeed be evidence that the string model was something more than a simple theory of the strong nuclear force, in fact, after identifying the spin-2 particle with the graviton, the model was elevated to a quantized theory of gravity.
String Theory: A Theory of Unification
We found that tra jectories originating in elevated parts of the potential (near its maxima or its ridges) with moderate to large initial τ values can pass over many valleys and hills in θ before settling into a final τ -valley approach to the end of inflation.
Roulette Inflation with K\"ahler Moduli and their Axions
This applies to sources that transit at more than 20o elevation at the ALMA site.
ALMA Capabilities for Observations of Spectral Line Emission