a natural elevation of the earth’s surface, smaller than a mountain.
an incline, especially in a road:
This old jalopy won’t make it up the next hill.
an artificial heap, pile, or mound:
a hill made by ants.
a small mound of earth raised about a cultivated plant or a cluster of such plants.
the plant or plants so surrounded:
a hill of potatoes.
Baseball. 1 (def 4).
the Hill, .
verb (used with object)
to surround with hills:
to hill potatoes.
to form into a hill or heap.
go over the hill, Slang.
over the hill,
[pou-uh l] /ˈpaʊ əl/ (Show IPA), 1825–65, Confederate general in the U.S. Civil War.
[viv-ee-uh n] /ˈvɪv i ən/ (Show IPA), 1886–1977, English physiologist: Nobel Prize in Medicine 1922.
James Jerome, 1838–1916, U.S. railroad builder and financier, born in Canada.
Joe, 1879–1915, U.S. labor organizer and songwriter, born in Sweden.
the hills, a hilly and often remote region
as old as the hills, very old
an incline; slope
over the hill
up hill and down dale, strenuously and persistently
to form into a hill or mound
to cover or surround with a mound or heap of earth
Archibald Vivian. 1886–1977, British biochemist, noted for his research into heat loss in muscle contraction: shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine (1922)
Damon Graham Devereux, son of Graham Hill. born 1960, British motor-racing driver; Formula One world champion (1996)
David Octavius 1802–70, Scottish painter and portrait photographer, noted esp for his collaboration with the chemist Robert Adamson (1821–48)
Sir Geoffrey (William). born 1932, British poet: his books include King Log (1968), Mercian Hymns (1971), The Mystery of the Charity of Charles Péguy (1983), and The Orchards of Syon (2002)
Graham. 1929–75, British motor-racing driver: world champion (1962, 1968)
Octavia. 1838–1912, British housing reformer; a founder of the National Trust
Sir Rowland. 1795–1879, British originator of the penny postage
Susan (Elizabeth). born 1942, British novelist and writer of short stories: her books include I’m the King of the Castle (1970) The Woman in Black (1983), and Felix Derby (2002)
Old English hyll “hill,” from Proto-Germanic *hulni- (cf. Middle Dutch hille, Low German hull “hill,” Old Norse hallr “stone,” Gothic hallus “rock,” Old Norse holmr “islet in a bay,” Old English holm “rising land, island”), from PIE root *kel- “to rise, be elevated, be prominent” (cf. Sanskrit kutam “top, skull;” Latin collis “hill,” columna “projecting object,” culmen “top, summit,” cellere “raise,” celsus “high;” Greek kolonos “hill,” kolophon “summit;” Lithuanian kalnas “mountain,” kalnelis “hill,” kelti “raise”). Formerly including mountains, now usually confined to heights under 2,000 feet.
In Great Britain heights under 2,000 feet are generally called hills; ‘mountain’ being confined to the greater elevations of the Lake District, of North Wales, and of the Scottish Highlands; but, in India, ranges of 5,000 and even 10,000 feet are commonly called ‘hills,’ in contrast with the Himalaya Mountains, many peaks of which rise beyond 20,000 feet. [OED]
The term mountain is very loosely used. It commonly means any unusual elevation. In New England and central New York, elevations of from one to two thousand feet are called hills, but on the plains of Texas, a hill of a few hundred feet is called a mountain. [Ralph S. Tarr, “Elementary Geology,” Macmillan, 1903]
Despite the differences in defining mountain systems, Penck (1896), Supan (1911) and Obst (1914) agreed that the distinction between hills, mountains, and mountain systems according to areal extent or height is not a suitable classification. [“Geographic Information Science and Mountain Geomorphology,” 2004]
Phrase over the hill “past one’s prime” is first recorded 1950.
Hill (hĭl), Archibald Vivian. 1886-1977.
British physiologist. He shared a 1922 Nobel Prize for his investigation of heat production in muscles and nerves.
The pitcher’s mound (1908+ Baseball)
drive someone over the hill, go over the hill, over the hill
(1.) Heb. gib’eah, a curved or rounded hill, such as are common to Palestine (Ps. 65:12; 72:3; 114:4, 6). (2.) Heb. har, properly a mountain range rather than an individual eminence (Ex. 24:4, 12, 13, 18; Num. 14:40, 44, 45). In Deut. 1:7, Josh. 9:1; 10:40; 11:16, it denotes the elevated district of Judah, Benjamin, and Ephraim, which forms the watershed between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. (3.) Heb. ma’aleh in 1 Sam. 9:11. Authorized Version “hill” is correctly rendered in the Revised Version “ascent.” (4.) In Luke 9:37 the “hill” is the Mount of Transfiguration.
[hilz-bur-oh, -buhr-oh] /ˈhɪlzˌbɜr oʊ, -ˌbʌr oʊ/ noun 1. a town in W California.
[hilz-bur-oh, -buhr-oh] /ˈhɪlz bɜr oʊ, -bʌr oʊ/ noun 1. a town in NW Oregon.
[hilz-deyl] /ˈhɪlzˌdeɪl/ noun 1. a town in NE New Jersey.
- Hills hoist
/hɪlz/ noun 1. trademark an Australian brand of rotary clothesline