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Meaning of high by Wiktionary Dictionary

high


    Pronunciation

    • enPR: hī, IPA: /haɪ/, X-SAMPA: /haI/
    • Rhymes: -aɪ
    • Homophone: hi, hie

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English hiȝe, huȝe, huiȝe, huie, hige, from Old English hyġe ( “thought, mind, heart, disposition, intention, courage, pride” ), from Proto-Germanic *hugiz ( “mind, sense” ), of unknown origin. Cognate with North Frisian huwggje ( “mind, sense” ), Middle Low German höge, hoge ( “thought, meaning, mood, happiness” ), Middle High German hüge, huge, hoge ( “mind, spirit, memory” ), Danish hu ( “mind” ), Swedish håg ( “mind, inclination” ), Icelandic hugur ( “mind” ). Related to Hugh .

    Noun

    high ( plural: highs )

    1. ( obsolete ) Thought; intention; determination; purpose .

    Etymology 2

    From Middle English high, heigh, heih, from Old English hēah ( “high, tall, lofty, high-class, exalted, sublime, illustrious, important, proud, haughty, deep, right” ), from Proto-Germanic *hauhaz ( “high” ), from Proto-Indo-European *keuk- ( “to bend, curve, arch, vault” ), a suffixed form of *keu-. Cognate with Scots heich ( “high” ), Eastern Frisian hag ( “high” ), West Frisian heech ( “high” ), Dutch hoog ( “high” ), Low German hog ( “high” ), German hoch ( “high” ), Swedish hög ( “high” ), Icelandic hár ( “high” ), Lithuanian kaukas ( “bump, boil, sore” ), Russian куча ( kúcha, “pile, heap, stack, lump” ) .

    Alternative form

    • hi ( informal )

    Adjective

    high ( comparative higher, superlative highest )

    1. Being elevated in position or status, a state of being above many things .
    2. Tall, lofty, at a great distance above the ground ( at high altitude ) .
    3. ( figuratively ) Noble, especially of motives, intentions, etc .
    4. ( slang ) Under the influence of a mood-affecting drug or ( less common ) alcohol .
    5. Of a quantity or value, great or large .
      My bank charges me a high interest rate .
    6. ( acoustics ) Of greater frequency, i.e. with more rapid wave oscillations .
      The note was too high for her to sing .
    7. ( of a body of water ) With tall waves.
    8. ( of meat, especially venison ) Decomposing, rotting ( to an extent which is desired by some ) .
      The tailor liked his meat high .
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    Adverb

    high ( comparative higher, superlative highest )

    1. In or to an elevated position .
      How high above land did you fly?
    2. In or at a great value .
      Costs have grown higher this year again .
    3. In a pitch of great frequency .
      I certainly can't sing that high .
    Usage notes

    Noun

    high ( plural: highs )

    1. A period of euphoria, from excitement or from an intake of drugs
      That pill gave me a high for a few hours, before I had a comedown
    2. ( informal ) A large area of elevated atmospheric pressure; an anticyclone .
    3. The maximum atmospheric temperature recorded at a particular location, especially during one 24-hour period .
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Explanation of high by Wordnet Dictionary

high


    Adverb
    1. at a great altitude

    2. he climbed high on the ladder
    3. far up toward the source

    4. he lives high up the river
    5. in or to a high position, amount, or degree

    6. prices have gone up far too high
    7. in a rich manner

    8. he lives high
    Adjective
    1. happy and excited and energetic

    2. slightly and pleasantly intoxicated from alcohol or a drug ( especially marijuana )

    3. ( used of the smell of meat ) smelling spoiled or tainted

    4. being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension

    5. a high mountain
      high ceilings
      high buildings
      a high forehead
      a high incline
      a foot high
    6. greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount

    7. a high temperature
      a high price
      the high point of his career
      high risks
      has high hopes
      the river is high
      he has a high opinion of himself
    8. used of sounds and voices

    9. standing above others in quality or position

    10. people in high places
      the high priest
    Noun
    1. a forward gear with a gear ratio that gives the greatest vehicle velocity for a given engine speed

    2. a lofty level or position or degree

    3. summer temperatures reached an all-time high
    4. a public secondary school usually including grades 9 through 12

    5. he goes to the neighborhood highschool
    6. a high place

    7. they stood on high and observed the countryside
    8. a state of altered consciousness induced by alcohol or narcotics

    9. they took drugs to get a high on
    10. a state of sustained elation

    11. I'm on a permanent high these days
    12. an air mass of higher than normal pressure

    13. the east coast benefits from a Bermuda high


    Definition of high by GCIDE Dictionary

    high


    1. High v. i. [See Hie.] To hie. [Obs.]

      Men must high them apace, and make haste. Holland.

    2. High a. [Compar. Higher ; superl. Highest.] [OE. high, hegh, hey, heh, AS. heáh, hh; akin to OS. hh, OFries. hag, hach, D. hoog, OHG. hh, G. hoch, Icel. hr, Sw. hög, Dan. höi, Goth. hauhs, and to Icel. haugr mound, G. hügel hill, Lith. kaukaras.]
      1. Elevated above any starting point of measurement, as a line, or surface; having altitude; lifted up; raised or extended in the direction of the zenith; lofty; tall; as, “a high mountain, tower, tree; the sun is high.”

      2. Regarded as raised up or elevated; distinguished; remarkable; conspicuous; superior; -- used indefinitely or relatively, and often in figurative senses, which are understood from the connection; as --

      Elevated in character or quality, whether moral or intellectual; preëminent; honorable; as, “high aims, or motives”. “The highest faculty of the soul.” Baxter.

      Exalted in social standing or general estimation, or in rank, reputation, office, and the like; dignified; as, “she was welcomed in the highest circles”.

      He was a wight of high renown. Shak.

      Of noble birth; illustrious; as, “of high family”.

      Of great strength, force, importance, and the like; strong; mighty; powerful; violent; sometimes, triumphant; victorious; majestic, etc.; as, “a high wind; high passions”. “With rather a high manner.” Thackeray.

      Strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand. Ps. lxxxix. 13.

      Can heavenly minds such high resentment show? Dryden.


      Very abstract; difficult to comprehend or surmount; grand; noble.

      Both meet to hear and answer such high things. Shak.

      Plain living and high thinking are no more. Wordsworth.

      Costly; dear in price; extravagant; as, to hold goods at a high price.

      If they must be good at so high a rate, they know they may be safe at a cheaper. South.

      Arrogant; lofty; boastful; proud; ostentatious; -- used in a bad sense.

      An high look and a proud heart . . . is sin. Prov. xxi. 4.

      His forces, after all the high discourses, amounted really but to eighteen hundred foot. Clarendon.

      3. Possessing a characteristic quality in a supreme or superior degree; as, “high ( i. e., intense ) heat; high ( i. e., full or quite ) noon; high ( i. e., rich or spicy ) seasoning; high ( i. e., complete ) pleasure; high ( i. e., deep or vivid ) color; high ( i. e., extensive, thorough ) scholarship, etc.”

      High time it is this war now ended were. Spenser.

      High sauces and spices are fetched from the Indies. Baker.

      4. ( Cookery ) Strong-scented; slightly tainted; as, “epicures do not cook game before it is high”.

      5. ( Mus. ) Acute or sharp; -- opposed to grave or low; as, “a high note”.

      6. ( Phon. ) Made with a high position of some part of the tongue in relation to the palate, as ē ( ēve ), ( fd ). See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 10, 11.

      High admiral, the chief admiral. -- High altar, the principal altar in a church. -- High and dry, out of water; out of reach of the current or tide; -- said of a vessel, aground or beached. -- High and mighty arrogant; overbearing. [Colloq.] -- High art, art which deals with lofty and dignified subjects and is characterized by an elevated style avoiding all meretricious display. -- High bailiff, the chief bailiff. -- High Church, and Low Church, two ecclesiastical parties in the Church of England and the Protestant Episcopal Church. The high-churchmen emphasize the doctrine of the apostolic succession, and hold, in general, to a sacramental presence in the Eucharist, to baptismal regeneration, and to the sole validity of Episcopal ordination. They attach much importance to ceremonies and symbols in worship. Low-churchmen lay less stress on these points, and, in many instances, reject altogether the peculiar tenets of the high-church school. See Broad Church. -- High constable ( Law ), a chief of
      constabulary. See Constable, n., 2. -- High commission court, a court of ecclesiastical jurisdiction in England erected and united to the regal power by Queen Elizabeth in 1559. On account of the abuse of its powers it was abolished in 1641. -- High day ( Script. ), a holy or feast day. John xix. 31. -- High festival ( Eccl. ), a festival to be observed with full ceremonial. -- High German, or High Dutch. See under German. -- High jinks, an old Scottish pastime; hence, noisy revelry; wild sport. [Colloq.] “All the high jinks of the county, when the lad comes of age.” F. Harrison. -- High latitude ( Geog. ), one designated by the higher figures; consequently, a latitude remote from the equator. -- High life, life among the aristocracy or the rich. -- High liver, one who indulges in a rich diet. -- High living, a feeding upon rich, pampering food. -- High Mass. ( R. C. Ch. ) See under Mass. -- High milling, a process of making flour from grain by several successive grindings and intermediate sorting, instead
      of by a single grinding. -- High noon, the time when the sun is in the meridian. -- High place ( Script. ), an eminence or mound on which sacrifices were offered. -- High priest. See in the Vocabulary. -- High relief. ( Fine Arts ) See Alto-rilievo. -- High schoolHigh a. [Compar. Higher ; superl. Highest.] [OE. high, hegh, hey, heh, AS. heáh, hh; akin to OS. hh, OFries. hag, hach, D. hoog, OHG. hh, G. hoch, Icel. hr, Sw. hög, Dan. höi, Goth. hauhs, and to Icel. haugr mound, G. hügel hill, Lith. kaukaras.]
      1. Elevated above any starting point of measurement, as a line, or surface; having altitude; lifted up; raised or extended in the direction of the zenith; lofty; tall; as, “a high mountain, tower, tree; the sun is high.”

      2. Regarded as raised up or elevated; distinguished; remarkable; conspicuous; superior; -- used indefinitely or relatively, and often in figurative senses, which are understood from the connection; as --

      Elevated in character or quality, whether moral or intellectual; preëminent; honorable; as, “high aims, or motives”. “The highest faculty of the soul.” Baxter.

      Exalted in social standing or general estimation, or in rank, reputation, office, and the like; dignified; as, “she was welcomed in the highest circles”.

      He was a wight of high renown. Shak.

      Of noble birth; illustrious; as, “of high family”.

      Of great strength, force, importance, and the like; strong; mighty; powerful; violent; sometimes, triumphant; victorious; majestic, etc.; as, “a high wind; high passions”. “With rather a high manner.” Thackeray.

      Strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand. Ps. lxxxix. 13.

      Can heavenly minds such high resentment show? Dryden.


    3. High adv. In a high manner; in a high place; to a great altitude; to a great degree; largely; in a superior manner; eminently; powerfully. “And reasoned high.” Milton. “I can not reach so high.” Shak.

      ☞ High is extensively used in the formation of compound words, most of which are of very obvious signification; as, high-aimed, high-arched, high-aspiring, high-bearing, high-boasting, high-browed, high-crested, high-crowned, high-designing, high-engendered, high-feeding, high-flaming, high-flavored, high-gazing, high-heaped, high-heeled, high-priced, high-reared, high-resolved, high-rigged, high-seated, high-shouldered, high-soaring, high-towering, high-voiced, and the like.

      High and low, everywhere; in all supposable places; as, “I hunted high and low”. [Colloq.]

    4. High, n.
      1. An elevated place; a superior region; a height; the sky; heaven.

      2. People of rank or high station; as, “high and low”.

      3. ( Card Playing ) The highest card dealt or drawn.

      High, low, jack, and the game, a game at cards; -- also called all fours, old sledge, and seven up. -- In high and low, utterly; completely; in every respect. [Obs.] Chaucer. -- On high, aloft; above.

      The dayspring from on high hath visited us. Luke i. 78.

      -- The Most High, the Supreme Being; God.

    5. High v. i. To rise; as, “the sun higheth”. [Obs.]