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Meaning of hight by Wiktionary Dictionary

hight


    Etymology

    From Middle English hight ( alternative past participle of hoten, “to be named, be called” ), from Old English hēht ( preterite of hātan, “to be named, be called” ), from *hehait-, reduplicate preterite base of Proto-Germanic *haitanan ( “to call, command, summon” ), from Proto-Indo-European *key( w )-, *kyew- ( “to set in motion” ). Cognate with Low German heten, German heißen, Danish hedde, Dutch heten, and Swedish heta, Latin cieō ( “I call, I set in motion” ). More at citation .

    Pronunciation

    • Rhymes: -aɪt
    • IPA: /haɪt/

    Verb

    hight ( third-person singular simple present hights present participle highting, simple past and past participle hight )

    1. ( archaic, transitive ) To call, name .
    2. ( archaic, intransitive ) To be called or named .

    Adjective

    hight ( comparative more hight, superlative most hight )

    1. ( archaic ) Called, named .

    Anagrams




Definition of hight by GCIDE Dictionary

hight


  1. Height ( hīt ), n. [Written also hight.] [OE. heighte, heght, heighthe, AS. heáhðu, hēhðu fr. heah high; akin to D. hoogte, Sw. höjd, Dan. höide, Icel. hæð, Goth. hauhiþa. See High.]
    1. The condition of being high; elevated position.

    Behold the height of the stars, how high they are! Job xxii. 12.

    2. The distance to which anything rises above its foot, above that on which in stands, above the earth, or above the level of the sea; altitude; the measure upward from a surface, as the floor or the ground, of an animal, especially of a man; stature. Bacon.

    [Goliath's] height was six cubits and a span. 1 Sam. xvii. 4.

    3. Degree of latitude either north or south. [Obs.]

    Guinea lieth to the north sea, in the same height as Peru to the south. Abp. Abbot.

    4. That which is elevated; an eminence; a hill or mountain; as, “Alpine heights”. Dryden.

    5. Elevation in excellence of any kind, as in power, learning, arts; also, an advanced degree of social rank; preëminence or distinction in society; prominence.

    Measure your mind's height by the shade it casts. R. Browning.

    All would in his power hold, all make his subjects. Chapman.

    6. Progress toward eminence; grade; degree.

    Social duties are carried to greater heights, and enforced with stronger motives by the principles of our religion. Addison.

    7. Utmost degree in extent; extreme limit of energy or condition; as, “the height of a fever, of passion, of madness, of folly; the height of a tempest.”

    My grief was at the height before thou camest. Shak.

    On height, aloud. [Obs.]

    [He] spake these same words, all on hight. Chaucer.

  2. Hight n. A variant of Height.

  3. Hight v. t. & i. [imp. Hight, Hot p. p. Hight, Hote Hoten See Hote.] [OE. heiten, highten, haten, hoten; also hight, hatte, hette, is called, was called, AS. hātan to call, name, be called, to command, promise; also hātte is called, was called; akin to G. heissen to call, be called, bid, Goth. haitan to call, in the passive, to be called.]
    1. To be called or named. [Archaic & Poetic.]

    ☞ In the form hight, it is used in a passive sense as a present, meaning is called or named, also as a preterite, was called or named. This form has also been used as a past participle. See Hote.

    The great poet of Italy,

    That highte Dante. Chaucer.

    Bright was her hue, and Geraldine she hight. Surrey.

    Entered then into the church the Reverend Teacher.

    Father he hight, and he was, in the parish. Longfellow.

    Childe Harold was he hight. Byron.

    2. To command; to direct; to impel. [Obs.]

    But the sad steel seized not where it was hight

    Upon the child, but somewhat short did fall. Spenser.

    3. To commit; to intrust. [Obs.]

    Yet charge of them was to a porter hight. Spenser.

    4. To promise. [Obs.]

    He had hold his day, as he had hight. Chaucer.

  4. Hight v. t. & i. [imp. Hight, Hot p. p. Hight, Hote Hoten See Hote.] [OE. heiten, highten, haten, hoten; also hight, hatte, hette, is called, was called, AS. hātan to call, name, be called, to command, promise; also hātte is called, was called; akin to G. heissen to call, be called, bid, Goth. haitan to call, in the passive, to be called.]
    1. To be called or named. [Archaic & Poetic.]

    ☞ In the form hight, it is used in a passive sense as a present, meaning is called or named, also as a preterite, was called or named. This form has also been used as a past participle. See Hote.

    The great poet of Italy,

    That highte Dante. Chaucer.

    Bright was her hue, and Geraldine she hight. Surrey.

    Entered then into the church the Reverend Teacher.

    Father he hight, and he was, in the parish. Longfellow.

    Childe Harold was he hight. Byron.

    2. To command; to direct; to impel. [Obs.]

    But the sad steel seized not where it was hight

    Upon the child, but somewhat short did fall. Spenser.

    3. To commit; to intrust. [Obs.]

    Yet charge of them was to a porter hight. Spenser.

    4. To promise. [Obs.]

    He had hold his day, as he had hight. Chaucer.

  5. Hight v. t. & i. [imp. Hight, Hot p. p. Hight, Hote Hoten See Hote.] [OE. heiten, highten, haten, hoten; also hight, hatte, hette, is called, was called, AS. hātan to call, name, be called, to command, promise; also hātte is called, was called; akin to G. heissen to call, be called, bid, Goth. haitan to call, in the passive, to be called.]
    1. To be called or named. [Archaic & Poetic.]

    ☞ In the form hight, it is used in a passive sense as a present, meaning is called or named, also as a preterite, was called or named. This form has also been used as a past participle. See Hote.

    The great poet of Italy,

    That highte Dante. Chaucer.

    Bright was her hue, and Geraldine she hight. Surrey.

    Entered then into the church the Reverend Teacher.

    Father he hight, and he was, in the parish. Longfellow.

    Childe Harold was he hight. Byron.

    2. To command; to direct; to impel. [Obs.]

    But the sad steel seized not where it was hight

    Upon the child, but somewhat short did fall. Spenser.

    3. To commit; to intrust. [Obs.]

    Yet charge of them was to a porter hight. Spenser.

    4. To promise. [Obs.]

    He had hold his day, as he had hight. Chaucer.