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1A rounded mass projecting above a surface: the bushes were little more than vague mounds beneath the snow
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  • In early summer, foot-long flower stalks poke above the mounds of leaves.
  • The first signs of growth are in late winter when tight buds of foliage make a neat mound on the surface of the soil.
  • The water current moves over the sand surface building up mounds of sand.
1.1A small hill: he built his castle high upon the mound
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  • Within minutes you will see our first objective, Wath Hill, a grassy mound with a copse.
  • Chemrey Monastery, in Ladakh, perches at 3000m on a rocky mound among the arid mountain tops of the Himalayas.
  • Their mountain is a rather humble affair - more of a mound than a mountain.
hillock, hill, knoll, rise, hummock, hump, embankment, bank, ridge, dune, tor, elevation, acclivity;
Geology  drumlin;
Scottish  brae
North American or technical butte
rare tump
1.2A raised mass of earth and stones created for purposes of defence or burial: the dead were cremated, and then buried at the centre of a great mound
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  • Some of the many points of interest include early features such as burial mounds, stone circles and cairns that mark areas of prehistoric cultivation.
  • Groups of round burial mounds known to archaeologists as barrow cemeteries, often aligned on contours below ridges, are common in Wessex and the Thames valley.
  • The remains of several Neolithic passage graves and over thirty Iron Age burial mounds can also be seen.
Middle East  tell;
Russian kurgan
1.3 Baseball A slight elevation from which the pitcher delivers the ball.
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  • The batter hits a ball toward the mound that the pitcher deflects toward the second baseman.
  • Connie Mack signaled his pitcher off the mound and we all looked toward the bullpen to see who was coming in.
  • And, he also can take comfort in the fact he's got a pretty smart pitcher on the mound who thrives on mental challenges.
2 (a mound of/mounds of) A large pile or quantity of something: a mound of dirty crockery
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  • It's quite alarming to discover a mound of dirty washing strewn over your kitchen floor when you're least expecting it.
  • He and his colleagues in the Tadcaster Fraud Squad were confronted with a mound of paperwork, huge piles of loose papers, all of which had to be read and understood.
  • In one corner, underneath a mound of empty cardboard boxes I found a large pile of the exquisite light fittings from the Chinese Room.
mountain, pyramid;
Scottish , Irish , & Northern English  rickle;
Scottish  bing


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1Heap up into a rounded pile: basmati rice was mounded on our plates
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  • Make a home for insects to breed and shelter by creating a log pile of dead or rotting wood, or mound up rocks or stones in a quiet shady area of the garden.
  • A white-jacketed waiter brought plates mounded with chicken and rice cooked over a fire.
  • Tip the mixture into an ovenproof dish, mounding it up in the middle.
2 archaic Enclose or fortify with an embankment: a sand-built ridge Of heaped hills that mound the sea


take the mound
Baseball (Of a pitcher) have a turn at pitching: he took the mound yesterday for the first in time in over a year
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  • Yesterday, two Cuban pitchers took the mound in front of Major League scouts in an attempt to attract a large offer.
  • On July 9, 1948, baseball's oldest rookie took the mound for the Cleveland Indians.
  • In one game against the St. Louis Cardinals, he took the mound in the first inning and went the rest of the way for a victory.


Early 16th century (as a verb in the sense 'enclose with a fence or hedge'): of obscure origin. An early sense of the noun was 'boundary hedge or fence'.

Words that rhyme with mound

abound, aground, around, astound, bound, compound, confound, dumbfound, expound, found, ground, hound, impound, interwound, pound, profound, propound, redound, round, sound, stoneground, surround, theatre-in-the-round (US theater-in-the-round), underground, wound
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A ball representing the earth, used as part of royal regalia, e.g. on top of a crown, typically of gold and surmounted by a cross.
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  • The importance of this conclusion to Brook was that it seemed to supply evidence that there had been a mound and cross above the arches of the crown before the present ones, which he felt sure were of French workmanship and dated from the 1540 reconstruction of the crown.
  • The diamond mound is topped by a diamond ‘cross pattee’ with a sapphire in the center of the cross.


Middle English (denoting the world): from Old French monde, from Latin mundus 'world'.

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