situated above the ground or some base; elevated: a high platform; a high ledge.
exceeding the common degree or measure; strong; intense: high speed; high color.
expensive; costly; dear: The price of food these days is much too high.
exalted in rank, station, eminence, etc.; of exalted character or quality: a high official; high society.
- acute in pitch.
- a little sharp, or above the desired pitch.
produced by relatively rapid vibrations; shrill: the high sounds of crickets.
extending to or from an elevation: a high dive.
great in quantity, as number, degree, or force: a high temperature; high cholesterol.
- chief; principal; main: the high altar of a church.
- High Church.
of great consequence; important; grave; serious; the high consequences of such a deed; high treason.
haughty; arrogant: He took a high tone with his subordinates.
advanced to the utmost extent or to the culmination: high tide.
elevated; merry or hilarious: high spirits; a high old time.
rich; extravagant; luxurious: They have indulged in high living for years.
Informal. intoxicated with alcohol or narcotics: He was so high he couldn't stand up.
remote: high latitude; high antiquity.
extreme in opinion or doctrine, especially religious or political: a high Tory.
designating or pertaining to highland or inland regions.
having considerable energy or potential power.
Automotive. of, relating to, or operating at the gear transmission ratio at which the speed of the engine crankshaft and of the drive shaft most closely correspond: high gear.
Phonetics. (of a vowel) articulated with the upper surface of the tongue relatively close to some portion of the palate, as the vowels of eat and it, which are high front, and those of boot and put, which are high back.Compare close (def. 53), low1 (def. 30).
(of meat, especially game) tending toward a desirable or undesirable amount of decomposition; slightly tainted: He likes his venison high.
Metallurgy. containing a relatively large amount of a specified constituent (usually used in combination): high-carbon steel.
Baseball. (of a pitched ball) crossing the plate at a level above the batter's shoulders: The pitch was high and outside.
- having greater value than other denominations or suits.
- able to take a trick; being a winning card.
- being or having a winning combination: Whose hand is high?
Nautical. noting a wind of force 10 on the Beaufort scale, equal to a whole gale.