foot·​hill | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌhil How to pronounce foothill (audio) \

Definition of foothill

1 : a hill at the foot of higher hills
2 foothills plural : a hilly region at the base of a mountain range

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The fire burned more than 10,000 buildings in north-central California, most of them homes here in the Sierra foothills, before firefighters finally corralled it last week. Scott Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Nearly a month after the Camp Fire began razing their towns, Californians return to ruin," 5 Dec. 2018 Visitors of all ages toured sections of the 165-acre garden’s Oak Woodland, lake and surrounding foothills, snapping photos of native and invasive plants and looking for signs of animal life. Sara Cardine,, "Descanso visitors, staff conduct citizen science in first BioBlitz," 7 June 2018 That internal furnace provides Earth's magnetic field and its geography on the whole—everything from foothills to volcanoes to earthquakes owe their genesis to heat at a tectonic level. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "To Understand How the Earth Formed, and How It Might Disappear, NASA Is Drilling on Mars," 21 Feb. 2019 In Southern California, the fire that raged through the foothills of Malibu until Wednesday is now contained: Most Los Angeles sites are operating normally, though road closures in Malibu have left the area’s popular hikes and beaches inaccessible. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "California Fires: What to Know If You're Visiting California This Week," 21 Nov. 2018 Brown's proclamation said thousands of homes were threatened by the fire in the foothills above Lake Elsinore and nearby communities and ordered state agencies to help local governments. Fox News, "Firefighters battle to curb wildfire before winds return," 10 Aug. 2018 The spinning rotor blades that now line the foothills were a first skirmish line in the battle over who controls the county’s future, opponents of the solar farm said. Kirk Johnson, New York Times, "Solar Plan Collides With Farm Tradition in Pacific Northwest," 11 July 2018 The payoff at the summit is a former fire lookout with a world-class view across the foothills and to the Marin coast. Tom Stienstra,, "Sunday getaway to Samuel P. Taylor State Park," 8 July 2018 Ochoa and her husband already have purchased a home in the heart of Boise, an idyllic town surrounded by foothills. Alex Stuckey, San Antonio Express-News, "Groundbreaking Latina astronaut retires from Johnson Space Center," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of foothill

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of foothill

: a hill next to a higher mountain or group of mountains


foot·​hill | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌhil How to pronounce foothill (audio) \

Kids Definition of foothill

: a hill at the bottom of higher hills

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