What is elevation?

  • (noun): The event of something being raised upward.
    Example: "An elevation of the temperature in the afternoon"
    Synonyms: lift, raising
    See also — Additional definitions below


The elevation of a geographic location is its height above a fixed reference point, most commonly a reference geoid, a mathematical model of the Earth's sea level as an equipotential gravitational surface (see Geodetic system, vertical datum). Elevation, or geometric height, is mainly used when referring to points on the Earth's surface, while altitude or geopotential height is used for points above the surface, such as an aircraft in flight or a spacecraft in orbit, and depth is used for points below the surface.

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Some articles on elevation:

Metro West Water Supply Tunnel - Technical Data
... corresponding to the maximum water surface elevation of the Wachusett Reservoir, feeding the proposed facility by gravity from an overflow elevation of 120.4 m (395 ft Boston City Base Datum, BCB), was ... HGL is used, instead of elevation, data because it is significantly more precise than elevation data ... Because 2.31 feet (0.70 m) of elevation translates into 1 psi of pressure (for water), calculating pressure to 1 psi precision requires elevation data that's accurate to roughly 2 feet (0.61 m) ...
Montane Forest
... life systems on mountains or other high elevation regions on the Earth ... mountains are strongly affected by climate, which gets colder as elevation increases ... form life zones, which are stratified according to elevation ...
Elevation - Temperature
... Temperatures become colder as elevation increases, by approximately 6.5 degrees Celsius per 1000 meters ...
Mountain Peaks Of California
... Topographic elevation is the vertical distance above the reference geoid, a precise mathematical model of the Earth's sea level as an equipotential gravitational surface ... Topographic prominence is the elevation difference between the summit and the highest or key col to a higher summit ... isolation is the minimum great circle distance to a point of higher elevation ...

More definitions of "elevation":

  • (noun): Angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object).
    Synonyms: EL, altitude, ALT
  • (noun): The act of increasing the wealth or prestige or power or scope of something.
    Example: "His elevation to cardinal"
    Synonyms: aggrandizement, aggrandisement
  • (noun): Drawing of an exterior of a structure.
  • (noun): Distance of something above a reference point (such as sea level).
    Example: "There was snow at the higher elevations"
  • (noun): (ballet) the height of a dancer's leap or jump.
    Example: "A dancer of exceptional elevation"

Famous quotes containing the word elevation:

    The stern hand of fate has scourged us to an elevation where we can see the great everlasting things which matter for a nation—the great peaks we had forgotten, of Honour, Duty, Patriotism, and, clad in glittering white, the great pinnacle of Sacrifice pointing like a rugged finger to Heaven.
    David Lloyd George (1863–1945)

    All our lives we fought against exalting the individual, against the elevation of the single person, and long ago we were over and done with the business of a hero, and here it comes up again: the glorification of one personality. This is not good at all. I am just like everybody else.
    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870–1924)

    The ability to secure an independent livelihood and honorable employ suited to her education and capacities is the only true foundation of the social elevation of woman, even in the very highest classes of society. While she continues to be educated only to be somebody’s wife, and is left without any aim in life till that somebody either in love, or in pity, or in selfish regard at last grants her the opportunity, she can never be truly independent.
    Catherine E. Beecher (1800–1878)