Height, in elementary geometry

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The segment of the perpendicular dropped from a vertex of a geometric figure (a triangle, a pyramid, a cone) on its base or on its extension, and also the length of this segment.

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The height of a trapezium, prism, cylinder, spherical segment, or a pyramid or a cone truncated parallel to the base, is the distance between the lower and the upper base. The figure shows the heights $h$ of a triangle, of a trapezium and of a truncated cone.

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Height, in elementary geometry. Encyclopedia of Mathematics. URL:,_in_elementary_geometry&oldid=32892
This article was adapted from an original article by BSE-3 (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article