Pronunciation: (el"u-vā'shun), [key]
1. the height to which something is elevated or to which it rises: The elevation of the tower is 80 feet.
2. the altitude of a place above sea level or ground level.
3. an elevated place, thing, or part; an eminence.
4. loftiness; grandeur or dignity; nobleness: elevation of mind.
5. the act of elevating.
6. the state of being elevated.
7. Archit.a drawing or design that represents an object or structure as being projected geometrically on a vertical plane parallel to one of its sides.
a. Also called angle of elevation. the angle between the line from an observer or instrument to an object above the observer or instrument and a horizontal line.
b. the distance above a datum level.
9. the ability of a dancer to stay in the air while executing a step or the height thus attained.
10. the Elevation, Rom. Cath. Ch.the lifting by the celebrant of the Eucharistic elements immediately after consecration, for adoration by the communicants.
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