Definition of mountain in English:

mountain

Line breaks: moun|tain
Pronunciation: /ˈmaʊntɪn
 
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noun

  • 1A large natural elevation of the earth’s surface rising abruptly from the surrounding level; a large steep hill: we set off down the mountain they sought refuge in the mountains [as modifier]: a mountain peak
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    • The valley, surrounded by steep mountains, is one of the Amazon's least spoiled treasures.
    • Surrounded by mountains and rainforest, it's about two hours drive from Hobart.
    • Waiting to jump from the boat, I gaze up at the snow-capped mountains surrounding the fjord.
    Synonyms
    peak, height, elevation, eminence, prominence, summit, pinnacle, mountaintop, alp, horn; (mountains) range, massif, sierra, cordillera, ridge; Northern English fell; Scottish ben, Munro; South African berg; in North Africa jebel; Geology inselberg
    archaic mount

Phrases

if the mountain won't come to Muhammad, Muhammad must go to the mountain

proverb If someone won’t do as you wish or a situation can’t be arranged to suit you, you must accept it and change your plans accordingly.
[with allusion to a well-known story about Muhammad told by Bacon (Essays xii)]
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  • As they say, ‘If the mountain won't come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain’.
  • In Engineering circles, the saying ‘if the mountain will not come to Muhammad, Muhammad must go to the mountain’ may evoke thoughts of earthmoving.
  • The long and the short of it is - if the mountain does not come to Muhammad, Muhammad must go to the mountain.

make a mountain out of a molehill

move mountains

  • 1Achieve spectacular and apparently impossible results: faith can move mountains
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    • We have faith in our chances, and faith can move mountains.
    • If faith can move mountains, what can it do for a club's Premiership prospects?
    • He told me that love is powerful, peace and grace are necessary for salvation, faith can move mountains, and that patience and understanding are important tools in life.
    Synonyms
    perform miracles, work/do wonders, achieve the impossible
  • 2Make every possible effort: his fans move mountains to catch as many of his performances as possible
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    • His supporters are moving mountains to allow him to enter the race.
    • Dr. Barry, who moves mountains for her patients, is doing all that one doctor can do.
    • There are many reasons why I retain a personal assistant, and this is one of the most important: I have moved mountains to engineer a lifestyle in which nobody expects much out of me before the hour of 11 a.m.
    Synonyms

Derivatives

mountainy

adjective
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  • Johnny becomes embroiled in a shady land acquisition deal involving a grasping cleric, a shrewd settled traveller and some mountainy men over a ‘bit of bog which might just be turned into a runway.’
  • So, it was his love for Irish music and his wish to expand and develop on his ‘old-time, mountainy music ‘that really took him there.
  • ‘This mountainy country would have been favoured by the highwaymen years ago but I have found that there are always a lot more thieves on the main roads’ he said.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French montaigne, based on Latin mons, mont- 'mountain'.

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