Feminine of ma'aleh; elevation, i.e. The act (literally, a journey to a higher place, figuratively, a thought arising), or (concretely) the condition (literally, a step or grade-mark, figuratively, a superiority of station); specifically a climactic progression (in certain Psalms) -- things that come up, (high) degree, deal, go up, stair, step, story.
see HEBREW ma'aleh
'alah I. [מַעֲלָה] noun feminine what comes up; — plural construct רוּחֲכֶם מַעֲלוֺת Ezekiel 11:5, i.e. your thoughts.
1 step, stair of temple Ezekiel 40:6 5t. 40, and temple porch 40:49; of altar Exodus 20:26 (E) (forbidden, compare RSOTJC xii, n. l; 2nd ed. 358) Ezekiel 43:17 (prescribed); of house 2 Kings 9:13, of throne 1 Kings 10:19-20, 2 Chronicles 9:18-19, to the city of David Nehemiah 3:15; 12:37.
3 stories of heaven Amos 9:6.
4 ascent, מִבָּבֶל Ezra 7:9.
5. שִׁיר (ל)הַמַּעֲלוֺת song of ascents, to the three great pilgrim feasts, i.e. to be sung on way up to Jerusalem, titles of Psalm 120-134 + Psalm 84:6 We and others — המעלה האדם כְּתוֺר 1 Chronicles 17:17 is corrupt, see Commentaries on the passage (and on "" 2 Samuel 7:19).