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 for elevation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Elevation \El`e*va"tion\, n. [L. elevatio: cf. F.
     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
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     2. Condition of being elevated; height; exaltation. "Degrees
        of elevation above us." --Locke.
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              His style . . . wanted a little elevation. --Sir H.
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     3. That which is raised up or elevated; an elevated place or
        station; as, an elevation of the ground; a hill.
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     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.
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     5. (Dialing) The angle which the style makes with the
        substylar line.
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     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.
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     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.
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     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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the event of something being raised upward; "an elevation
           of the temperature in the afternoon"; "a raising of the
           land resulting from volcanic activity" [syn: elevation,
           lift, raising]
      2: the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of
         development; "his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty";
         "the artist's gifts are at their acme"; "at the height of her
         career"; "the peak of perfection"; "summer was at its peak";
         "...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame"; "the summit
         of his ambition"; "so many highest superlatives achieved by
         man"; "at the top of his profession" [syn: acme, height,
         elevation, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative,
         meridian, tiptop, top]
      3: angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial
         object) [syn: elevation, EL, altitude, ALT]
      4: a raised or elevated geological formation [syn: natural
         elevation, elevation] [ant: depression, natural
      5: distance of something above a reference point (such as sea
         level); "there was snow at the higher elevations"
      6: (ballet) the height of a dancer's leap or jump; "a dancer of
         exceptional elevation"
      7: drawing of an exterior of a structure
      8: the act of increasing the wealth or prestige or power or
         scope of something; "the aggrandizement of the king"; "his
         elevation to cardinal" [syn: aggrandizement,
         aggrandisement, elevation]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  240 Moby Thesaurus words for "elevation":
     Olympian heights, access, accession, acclivity, accretion, accrual,
     accruement, accumulation, acme, addition, advance, advancement,
     aerial heights, aggrandizement, altitude, amplification, anabasis,
     apex, apotheosis, appreciation, ascension, ascent, augmentation,
     ballooning, beatification, bigheartedness, bigness, bloating,
     blueprint, boom, boost, broadening, brouillon, buildup,
     canonization, cartoon, ceiling, chart, chivalrousness, chivalry,
     clamber, climb, climbing, consequence, conspicuousness, copy,
     crescendo, cultivation, deification, delineation, design,
     development, diagram, dignification, dignity, distinction,
     dizzy heights, draft, drawing, ebauche, edema, eminence,
     enhancement, enlargement, ennoblement, enshrinement, enthronement,
     erecting, erection, errantry, escalade, esquisse, ether,
     exaltation, excellence, expansion, extension, figure, flood,
     fountain, gain, generosity, generousness, glorification,
     graduation, grandeur, graph, gravity, great heart, greatening,
     greatheartedness, greatness, greatness of heart, ground plan,
     growth, gush, gyring up, hauteur, heaven, heavens, heaving up,
     height, heighth, heights, heroism, high mightiness,
     high-mindedness, highness, hike, hill, house plan, ichnography,
     idealism, immortalization, importance, increase, increment,
     inflation, jet, jump, knight-errantry, knighting, knightliness,
     largeheartedness, leap, levitation, liberality, liberalness, lift,
     lionization, loftiness, lofting, lump, magnanimity,
     magnanimousness, magnification, majesty, mark, mount, mounting,
     multiplication, nobility, noble-mindedness, nobleness, notability,
     note, openhandedness, outline, outstandingness, passing, pattern,
     pay raise, perpendicular distance, plot, preference, preferment,
     princeliness, productiveness, profile, projection, proliferation,
     prominence, promotion, raise, raising, rearing, refinement, rise,
     rising, rising ground, rocketing up, rough, sainting, saltation,
     sanctification, shooting up, significance, skeleton, sketch, sky,
     snowballing, soaring, solemnity, spout, spread, spring, spurt,
     standing on end, stateliness, stature, steep, stratosphere,
     sublimity, supereminence, surge, swelling, table, takeoff,
     taking off, tallness, toploftiness, tumescence, up, upclimb,
     upcoming, updraft, upgang, upgo, upgoing, upgrade, upgrading,
     upgrowth, uphill, upleap, uplift, uplifting, upping, upraising,
     uprearing, uprisal, uprise, uprising, uprush, upshoot, upslope,
     upsurge, upsurgence, upsweep, upswing, uptrend, upturn,
     vantage ground, vantage point, vault, waxing, wen, widening,
     working drawing, zenith, zooming

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