elevation vs pinnacle what difference

what is difference between elevation and pinnacle



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



From Middle English, borrowed from Old French pinacle, pinnacle, from Late Latin pinnaculum (a peak, pinnacle), double diminutive of Latin pinna (a pinnacle); see pin. Doublet of panache.


  • IPA(key): /ˈpɪnəkəl/


pinnacle (plural pinnacles)

  1. The highest point.
    Synonyms: acme, peak, summit
    Antonym: nadir
  2. (geology) A tall, sharp and craggy rock or mountain.
    Coordinate term: sea stack
  3. (figuratively) An all-time high; a point of greatest achievement or success.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:apex
  4. (architecture) An upright member, generally ending in a small spire, used to finish a buttress, to constitute a part in a proportion, as where pinnacles flank a gable or spire.



pinnacle (third-person singular simple present pinnacles, present participle pinnacling, simple past and past participle pinnacled)

  1. (transitive) To place on a pinnacle.
  2. (transitive) To build or furnish with a pinnacle or pinnacles.
    • 1782, Thomas Warton, The History and Antiquities of Kiddington
      The pediment of the Southern Transept is pinnacled, not inelegantly, with a flourished cross


Further reading

  • pinnacle in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • pinnacle in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.


  • pannicle

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