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height

Astronomy the angular distance of a celestial body above the horizon

Height

 

(body length), the measurement of a person from the apical point of the head to the bottom of the feet. Height is one of the most important body dimensions and, together with other features, characterizes physical development, body proportions, morphological status and, on a broad scale, ethnic group.

A function of external environmental and hereditary factors, height varies according to age, sex, and ethnic group, as well as the individual and the epoch. Body length does not increase at a uniform rate during different periods of growth. Growth rates are highest during the uterine period. The length of boys and girls at birth averages 51.5 and 51 cm, respectively.

There are three phases of change in annual increase of height: the rate of annual increase diminishes from birth to puberty, increases or becomes stabilized during puberty, and decreases thereafter. The increase in body length during the first year of life is 24 cm. Until three years of age the annual increase is 10 cm, and from three to seven years of age it is 6–6.5 cm. During puberty, height increases 5–7 cm a year. Because girls mature earlier than boys, they grow more rapidly between the ages of ten and 14 and surpass boys in height, but after 14, boys again become taller. Growth generally ends in males between the ages of 18 and 20 and in females between 16 and 18. Mature females are 8–11 cm shorter than males. In the USSR, for example, the average height of males and females in the 1960’s and 1970’s was 167–168 and 156–157 cm, respectively.

After growth ceases and until about 50 years of age, height is stable, after which it gradually decreases because of the aging process. During the growth phases there are variations according to social strata and ethnogeographic groups. For example, the increase in growth during puberty and the cessation of growth occur later in rural areas than in the city. In areas where socioeconomic differences are pronounced, persons who are financially better off are usually taller than those who are not.

Ethnogeographic differences in height are not always related to geography and climate. For example, Eskimos, Buriats, and Vietnamese are short (males are less than 160 cm tall), whereas Scots, Swedes, and inhabitants of the Balkan peninsula are tall (over 170 cm). The Bambuti pygmies of the Congo River basin are 144 cm tall, while members of the Tutsi tribe in neighboring Rwanda are 176.5 cm tall.

The range of individual variations in height is greater than the range of group variations—± 18–20 cm from the arithmetic mean height of a given group. Height in males that is less than 125 cm is called dwarfism, and height more than 200 cm gigantism. Epochal changes in height are manifested by acceleration.

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What does it mean when you dream about height?

A dream about high elevation may signify reaching the zenith of one’s career or achieving some other high objective. If one fears heights in a dream, then one may be striving for things that seem beyond their reach. Such a dream can also relate to other concepts associated with height, such as being “above it all.”

height

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(mathematics)
The perpendicular distance between horizontal lines or planes passing through the top and bottom of an object.
The height of a rational number q is the maximum of | m | and | n | , where m and n are relatively prime integers such that q = m/n.

height

1. The distance between two points aligned vertically.
2. In buildings, the distance vertically from the average grade at front sides and/or rear of a building (or the average elevation of the curb or curbs of the streets faced by the building) to the average level of the roof.

height

i. The vertical distance of a level, a point or an object considered as a point, measured from a specified datum (ICAO). Height may be indicated as follows: (all above ground level) very low—above ground level but below 500 ft; low—500 up to 2000 ft; medium—above 2000 up to 25,000 ft; high—above 25,000 up to 50,000 ft; very high—above 50,000 ft.
ii. The vertical distance from reference ground level to the specified upper extremity of aircraft at a specified weight—usually MTOW (maximum takeoff weight)—and tire inflation pressure when parked on level horizontal ground. See aircraft dimensions.
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There were certain outline illustrations in it, which were very good in the cold Flaxman manner, and helped largely to heighten the fascination of the poems for me.
Green it might be called, if it were any earthly color--a queer, dull, bronzy green, with streaks here and there of the original red to heighten the ghastly effect.
Lashing himself up to an extravagant pitch of fury, Newman Noggs jerked himself about the room with the most eccentric motion ever beheld in a human being: now sparring at the little miniatures on the wall, and now giving himself violent thumps on the head, as if to heighten the delusion, until he sank down in his former seat quite breathless and exhausted.
He knows how to emphasize, to secure variety, to bring out dramatic contrasts, and also to heighten without essentially falsifying, as artists must, giving point and color to what otherwise would seem thin and pale.
With reflections of this nature she usually, as has been hinted, accompanied every act of compliance with her brother's inclinations; and surely nothing could more contribute to heighten the merit of this compliance than a declaration that she knew, at the same time, the folly and unreasonableness of those inclinations to which she submitted.
He proceeds to point out that drunkenness, and, still more, nitrous- oxide intoxication, will heighten the sense of belief: in the latter case, he says, a man's very soul may sweat with conviction, and he be all the time utterly unable to say what he is convinced of.
Anxious to show his independence and to advance, he had refused a post that had been offered him, hoping that this refusal would heighten his value; but it turned out that he had been too bold, and he was passed over.
The rush of the water and the booming of the mill bring a dreamy deafness, which seems to heighten the peacefulness of the scene.
The HEIghten suite is designed to enable colleges and universities to obtain valid data about their students' skills, benchmark and track student performance, and identify areas for potential curriculum enhancement.
This is where we want to be'' was the first thought that Clay Heighten and his wife, Debra Caudy, had when they stepped off the plane at the Jackson Hole Airport eight years ago.
KUWAIT, May 2 (KUNA) -- Sudan signed today a loan agreement with the state owned Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) to finance a project to heighten the Roseires Dam in eastern Sudan.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura urged China on Monday to allow foreign diplomats and journalists into Tibet and surrounding areas as part of efforts to heighten transparency over the rioting in the region.