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hill

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noun \ˈhil\

Simple Definition of hill

  • : a usually rounded area of land that is higher than the land around it but that is not as high as a mountain

  • : an area of sloping ground on a road, path, etc.

  • : a pile of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hill

  1. 1 :  a usually rounded natural elevation of land lower than a mountain

  2. 2 :  an artificial heap or mound (as of earth)

  3. 3 :  several seeds or plants planted in a group rather than a row

  4. 4 :  slope, incline

Examples of hill in a sentence

  1. She watched the sun set behind the hills.

  2. The house was built at the very top of the hill.

  3. Our driveway is a long, steep hill.

  4. He came barreling down the hill at 65 miles per hour.

  5. The plows came and cleared the streets, forming a hill of snow on the street corner.



Origin and Etymology of hill

Middle English, from Old English hyll; akin to Latin collis hill, culmen top


First Known Use: before 12th century


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hill

verb

Definition of hill

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to form into a heap

  3. 2 :  to draw earth around the roots or base of

hiller

noun


Examples of hill in a sentence

  1. <hilled peat moss around the rosebushes to protect them from the freeze>



1581

First Known Use of hill

1581


Hill

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biographical name \ˈhil\

Definition of Hill

  1. Ambrose Powell 1825–1865 Am. Confed. gen.




Hill

biographical name

Definition of Hill

  1. Archibald Vivian 1886–1977 Eng. physiol.




Hill

biographical name

Definition of Hill

  1. James Jerome 1838–1916 Am. (Canad.-born) financier




Hill

biographical name

Definition of Hill

  1. Sir Rowland 1795–1879 Eng. postal reformer





HILL Defined for Kids

hill

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noun \ˈhil\

Definition of hill for Students

  1. 1 :  a usually rounded elevation of land lower than a mountain

  2. 2 :  a surface that slopes <Our driveway is a long hill.>

  3. 3 :  a heap or mound of something <a hill of snow>





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