Elevation

Definition of Elevation

El`e`va´tion
n.1.The act of raising from a lower place, condition, or quality to a higher; - said of material things, persons, the mind, the voice, etc.; as, the elevation of grain; elevation to a throne; elevation of mind, thoughts, or character.
2.Condition of being elevated; height; exaltation.
His style . . . wanted a little elevation.
- Sir H. Wotton.
3.That which is raised up or elevated; an elevated place or station; as, an elevation of the ground; a hill.
4.(Astron.) The distance of a celestial object above the horizon, or the arc of a vertical circle intercepted between it and the horizon; altitude; as, the elevation of the pole, or of a star.
5.(Dialing) The angle which the style makes with the substylar line.
6.(Gunnery) The movement of the axis of a piece in a vertical plane; also, the angle of elevation, that is, the angle between the axis of the piece and the line o sight; - distinguished from direction.
7.(Drawing) A geometrical projection of a building, or other object, on a plane perpendicular to the horizon; orthographic projection on a vertical plane; - called by the ancients the orthography.
Angle of elevation
(Geodesy) the angle which an ascending line makes with a horizontal plane.
Elevation of the host
(R. C. Ch.) that part of the Mass in which the priest raises the host above his head for the people to adore.

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