absolute altitude


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Related to absolute altitude: Pressure altitude, Density altitude, true altitude

absolute altitude

[′ab·sə‚lüt ′al·tə·tüd]
(engineering)
Altitude above the actual surface, either land or water, of a planet or natural satellite.

absolute altitude

The vertical distance of an object above the surface of the earth. It can be measured with the help of an absolute, radio, radar, or laser altimeter. See absolute altimeter.
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