elevation vs meridian what difference

what is difference between elevation and meridian



From Old French elevation, from Latin elevatio, equal to elevate +‎ -ion.


  • IPA(key): /ˌɛlɪˈveɪʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


elevation (countable and uncountable, plural elevations)

  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.
    the elevation of grain; elevation to a throne; elevation to sainthood; elevation of mind, thoughts, or character
  2. The condition of being or feeling elevated; heightened; exaltation.
  3. That which is raised up or elevated; an elevated place or station.
    A hill is an elevation of the ground.
  4. (astronomy) The distance of a celestial object above the horizon, or the arc of a vertical circle intercepted between it and the horizon; altitude.
    the elevation of the pole, or of a star
  5. The measured vertical distance from the peak of a mountain or hill to its bordering lowlands.
  6. The angle which the gnomon makes with the substylar line.
  7. 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 of sight; distinguished from direction.
  8. (architecture) 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.
  9. (Christianity) The raising of the host—representing Christ’s body—in a mass or Holy Communion service.


  • disgust
  • demotion
  • depression
  • diminishment
  • reduction

Related terms

  • elevate
  • elevator
  • overelevation


See also

  • fasl
  • masl



Middle English meridian, from Anglo-Norman meridien, Middle French meridien (midday; the south; celestial meridian), and their source, Latin merīdiānum, noun use of neuter form of merīdiānus (meridian), ultimately from medius (middle) + diēs (day).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /məˈɹɪdɪən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /məˈɹɪdiən/
  • Rhymes: -ɪdiən


meridian (plural meridians)

  1. (obsolete) The south. [14th–17th c.]
    • 1601, Philemon Holland, translating Pliny, The Historie of the World:
      With vs the stars about the North Pole neuer go downe, and those contrariwise about the Meridian neuer rise.
  2. (obsolete) Midday, noon. [14th–19th c.]
  3. (astronomy) A great circle passing through the poles of the celestial sphere and the zenith for a particular point on the earth’s surface. [from 14th c.]
  4. (astronomy, geography) An imaginary great circle on the Earth’s surface, passing through the geographic poles, or that half of such a circle extending from pole to pole, all points of which have the same longitude. [from 14th c.]
  5. (figuratively) The highest or most developed point of something; culmination, splendour. [from 16th c.]
  6. (obsolete) A particular area or situation considered as having a specific identity or characteristic; the tastes or habits of a specific locale, group etc. [16th–19th c.]
    • 1751, Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, vol. II, ch. 75:
      Nor was his friend Godfrey a stranger to favours of the same kind; his accomplishments were exactly calculated for the meridian of female taste [] .
  7. The middle period of someone’s life, when they are at full strength or abilities; one’s prime. [from 17th c.]
  8. (mathematics) A line passing through the poles of any sphere; a notional line on the surface of a round or curved body. [from 18th c.]
  9. (obsolete, Scotland) A dram drunk at midday. [18th–19th c.]
  10. (acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine) Any of the pathways on the body along which the vital energy is thought to flow and, therefore, the acupoints are distributed. [from 20th c.]
  11. (printing, US, dated) The size of type between double great primer and canon, standardized as 44-point.


  • (midday): noon, noontide; see also Thesaurus:midday



meridian (not comparable)

  1. Meridional; relating to a meridian.
  2. Relating to noon
  3. Relating to the highest point or culmination.

Further reading

  • meridian on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • meridian in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • meridian in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • meridian at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • Meridian in the 1921 edition of Collier’s Encyclopedia.



From French méridien


meridian n (plural meridiane)

  1. meridian


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