true when measured from the rational or real horizon, apparent when from the sensible or apparent
3. (Geom.) The perpendicular distance from the base of a figure to the summit, or to the side parallel
to the base; as, the altitude of a triangle, pyramid, parallelogram, frustum, etc.
4. Height of degree; highest point or degree.
He is [proud] even to the altitude of his virtue.
5. Height of rank or excellence; superiority. Swift.
6. pl. Elevation of spirits; heroics; haughty airs. [Colloq.] Richardson.
The man of law began to get into his altitude. Meridian altitude, an arc of the meridian intercepted between the south point on the horizon and any
point on the meridian. See Meridian, 3.
Sir W. Scott.
(Al`ti*tu"di*nal) a. Of or pertaining to height; as, altitudinal measurements.
(Al`ti*tu`di*na"ri*an) a. Lofty in doctrine, aims, etc. [R.] Coleridge.
(Al*tiv"o*lant) a. [L. altivolans. See Volant.] Flying high. [Obs.] Blount.
(Al"to) n.; pl. Altos [It. alto high, fr. L. altus. Cf. Alt.]
1. (Mus.) Formerly the part sung by the highest male, or counter-tenor, voices; now the part sung by
the lowest female, or contralto, voices, between in tenor and soprano. In instrumental music it now
signifies the tenor.
2. An alto singer.
Alto clef (Mus.) the counter-tenor clef, or the C clef, placed so that the two strokes include the middle
line of the staff. Moore.
(Al`to*geth"er) adv. [OE. altogedere; al all + togedere together. See Together.]
1. All together; conjointly. [Obs.]
Altogether they went at once.
2. Without exception; wholly; completely.
Every man at his best state is altogether vanity.
Ps. xxxix. 5.
(Al*tom"e*ter) n. [L. altus high + -meter.] A theodolite. Knight.
(Al"to-re*lie"vo) n. Alto- rilievo.
(||Al"to-ri*lie*vo) n.; pl. Alto-rilievos [It.] (Sculp.) High relief; sculptured work in which the
figures project more than half their thickness; as, this figure is an alto-rilievo or in alto- rilievo.
When the figure stands only half out, it is called mezzo- rilievo, demi-rilievo, or medium relief; when its
projection is less than one half, basso-rilievo, bas-relief, or low relief.
(Al"tri*cal) a. (Zoöl.) Like the articles.
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