Pronunciation: (hīt),[key] —n. 1. extent or distance upward: The balloon stopped rising at a height of 500 feet. 2. distance upward from a given level to a fixed point: the height from the ground to the first floor; the height of an animal at the shoulder. 3. the distance between the lowest and highest points of a person standing upright; stature: She is five feet in height. 4. considerable or great altitude or elevation: the height of the mountains. 5. Often, heights. a. a high place above a level; a hill or mountain: They stood on the heights overlooking the valley. b. the highest part; top; apex; summit: In his dreams he reached the heights. 6. the highest point; utmost degree: the height of power; the height of pleasure. 7. Archaic.high rank in social status. Also,hight.