noun, moun·tain often attributive \ˈman-tən\

: an area of land that rises very high above the land around it and that is higher than a hill

: a very large amount of something

Full Definition of MOUNTAIN

a :  a landmass that projects conspicuously above its surroundings and is higher than a hill
b :  an elongated ridge
a :  a great mass
b :  a vast number or quantity

Examples of MOUNTAIN

  1. She watched the sun set behind the mountains.
  2. a cabin in the mountains
  3. They both like mountain climbing.
  4. We've received a mountain of mail.

Origin of MOUNTAIN

Middle English, from Anglo-French muntaine, from Vulgar Latin *montanea, from feminine of *montaneus of a mountain, alteration of Latin montanus, from mont-, mons
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

Rhymes with MOUNTAIN


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