Definition of mountain in English:

mountain

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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 Englishfell; Scottishben, Munro; South Africanberg; in North Africajebel; Geologyinselberg
archaic mount
2 (a mountain/mountains of) A large pile or quantity of something: a mountain of paperwork
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  • Gallacher attends his fair share of meetings and usually has a mountain of paperwork to get through at the end of the day.
  • Never have I had such a mountain of paperwork to clear before Christmas.
  • When I got into work there was a mountain of work to get through, loads of meeting requests and several problems to sort out.
Synonyms
a great deal, a lot, heap, pile, mound, stack; profusion, abundance, quantity; backlog, logjam
British informal shedload
North American informal slew, gobs
Australian/New Zealand informal swag
vulgar slang shitload
North American vulgar slang assload
2.1 [usually with modifier] A large surplus stock of a commodity: a butter mountain
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  • Until the 1980s, the EU simply bought any extra production and piled it up in warehouses, forming what became known as the EU ‘butter mountain’ (‘wine lakes’ were another manifestation of the same problem).
  • Campaigners complain that shifting the butter mountain into developing countries stifles agricultural trade, by crowding out domestic farmers who can't compete with the might of the EU.
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Origin

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

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.
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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.

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