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Definition of hill 

(Entry 1 of 6)

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

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

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

4 : slope, incline


hilled; hilling; hills

Definition of hill (Entry 2 of 6)

transitive verb

1 : to form into a heap

2 : to draw earth around the roots or base of


biographical name (1)
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Definition of Hill (Entry 3 of 6)

Ambrose Powell 1825–1865 American Confederate general


biographical name (2)

Definition of Hill (Entry 4 of 6)

Archibald Vivian 1886–1977 English physiologist


biographical name (3)

Definition of Hill (Entry 5 of 6)

James Jerome 1838–1916 American (Canadian-born) financier


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Definition of Hill (Entry 6 of 6)

Sir Rowland 1795–1879 English postal reformer

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Other Words from hill


hiller noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for hill

Synonyms: Noun

altitude(s), elevation, eminence, height, highland, hump, mound, prominence, rise, upland

Synonyms: Verb

bank, mound

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of hill in a Sentence


She watched the sun set behind the hills. The house was built at the very top of the hill. Our driveway is a long, steep hill. He came barreling down the hill at 65 miles per hour. The plows came and cleared the streets, forming a hill of snow on the street corner.


hilled peat moss around the rosebushes to protect them from the freeze
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Queen Creek Casteel ran up a hill before sun broke in Southern California. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Scenes from Arizona high school football preseason camps," 10 July 2018 George told us that the Carters recently had a hill across the road from their house landscaped, marked for their eventual grave sites. Michael Paterniti, GQ, "Jimmy Carter for Higher Office," 26 June 2018 Designed by architect Matt Thitchener, the 650-square-foot studio is affixed to the side of a hill that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Solar-powered modern studio appears to float in midair," 25 June 2018 That one more frivolous scolding about an innocuous activity could be averted is a small victory for reason, which amounts to more than a hill of arabica beans in this crazy world. Josh Gohlke, SFChronicle.com, "Last Word: Coffee reprieve grounds for celebration," 22 June 2018 Withdrawing from the world’s main human-rights forum even as its president was grappling with his policy of dividing migrant children from their families is not a good look for the shining city upon a hill. The Economist, "America’s spat with the UN Human Rights Council," 21 June 2018 Apparently stopping a ball from rolling down a hill doesn’t fall under the same purview? Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "FORE Questions: Breaking Down an Eventful U.S. Open at Shinnecock," 19 June 2018 Teixeira agrees that Democrats are facing a much steeper hill outside of the largest metro areas, both in 2018 and 2020. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, "Republicans and Democrats increasingly really do occupy different worlds," 12 June 2018 The 96-acre Circle of Trust property -- formerly known as the Circle of Teran Ranch -- at 3300 Butler Creek Road blankets a hill that has city, mountain and valley views. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Ashland healer's home, for sale at $5 million, has dome skylights, lavender maze (photos)," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Commercial growers boost yields by watering regularly and hilling the rhizomes once a month. Sharon Tregaskis, Good Housekeeping, "The Easiest Way To Grow Spicy Ginger In Your Own House," 24 Oct. 2017 BOYS SWIMMING Nonleague TESORO 131, SAN JUAN HILLS 39 SADDLEBACK VALLEY CHR. 89, ST. Dan Albano, Orange County Register, "Swim: Tesoro boys, girls pace Thursday leaderboard," 13 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of hill


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hill


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

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a hill of beans

as old as the hills

the Hill

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English Language Learners 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


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Kids Definition of hill

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

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

3 : a heap or mound of something a hill of snow

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one that holds something together

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