a natural elevation of earth; a hillock or knoll.
an artificial elevation of earth, as for a defense work or a dam or barrier; an embankment.
a heap or raised mass:
a mound of papers; a mound of hay.
Baseball. the slightly raised ground from which the pitcher delivers the ball.
See also 1 (def 14).
an elevation formed of earth, sand, stones, etc., especially over a grave or ruins.
a tumulus or other raised work of earth dating from a prehistoric or long-past period.
verb (used with object)
to form into a mound; heap up.
to furnish with a mound of earth, as for a defense.
a raised mass of earth, debris, etc
any heap or pile: a mound of washing
a small natural hill
(archaeol) another word for barrow2
an artificial ridge of earth, stone, etc, as used for defence
(often foll by up) to gather into a mound; heap
(transitive) to cover or surround with a mound: to mound a grave
(heraldry) a rare word for orb (sense 1)
1550s, “hedge, fence,” also “embankment, dam” (a sense probably influenced by mount (n.)). The relationship between the noun and the verb is uncertain. Commonly supposed to be from Old English mund “hand, protection, guardianship” (cognate with Latin manus), but this is not certain (OED discounts it on grounds of sense). Perhaps a confusion of the native word and Middle Dutch mond “protection,” used in military sense for fortifications of various types, including earthworks. From 1726 as “artificial elevation” (as over a grave); 1810 as “natural low elevation.” As the place where the pitcher stands on a baseball field, from 1912.
1510s, “to enclose with a fence;” c.1600 as “to enclose with an embankment;” see mound (n.). From 1859 as “to heap up.” Related: Mounded; mounding.
[mound] /maʊnd/ noun 1. a natural elevation of earth; a hillock or knoll. 2. an artificial elevation of earth, as for a defense work or a dam or barrier; an embankment. 3. a heap or raised mass: a mound of papers; a mound of hay. 4. Baseball. the slightly raised ground from which the pitcher […]
[moundz-muh n] /ˈmaʊndz mən/ noun, plural moundsmen. Baseball Slang. 1. 2 (def 2).
noun 1. a town in E Minnesota.
[moundz-vil] /ˈmaʊndz vɪl/ noun 1. a city in NW West Virginia, on the Ohio River.