Definition of mountain in English:


Line breaks: moun|tain
Pronunciation: /ˈmaʊntɪn


  • 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.
    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


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.
    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.



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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.


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

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