Simple versus Complicated (surgery)

Simple versus Compound (fracture)

An adjective can have multiple meanings, depending on what it opposes.

A high mountain

A high pressure water hose

High blood pressure

High altitude

High resolution TV

Some things have a spectrum - low altitude, high altitude, a low mountain is a hill.

A high pressure water blaster is a good thing, a high blood pressure is a bad thing.

How many meanings of “high” are there?

Low medium high – resolution – the higher the better

Low medium high – cost – the lower the better

Low medium high – altitude – no preference – dose, tolerance

Low normal high – blood pressure – preference for normal

High mountain – out of ordinary – high strength

We will have four spectra involving High and Low, one where high is a good thing, two where it is a bad thing, and one where it is neither