There are 2 definitions of mound in English:

mound1

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noun

  • 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.
    Synonyms
    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.
    Synonyms
    barrow, tumulus; motte; 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.
    Synonyms
    heap, pile, stack; mass, collection, accumulation, aggregation, assemblage; mountain, pyramid; Scottish , Irish , & Northern English rickle; Scottish bing

verb

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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.
    Synonyms
  • 2 archaic Enclose or fortify with an embankment: a sand-built ridge Of heaped hills that mound the sea

Phrases

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.

Origin

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'.

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There are 2 definitions of mound in English:

mound2

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Pronunciation: /maʊnd
 
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noun

archaic
  • 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.

Origin

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

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