hill

noun
\ ˈhil How to pronounce hill (audio) \

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

hill

verb
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

Hill

biographical name (1)
\ ˈhil How to pronounce Hill (audio) \

Definition of Hill (Entry 3 of 6)

Ambrose Powell 1825–1865 American Confederate general

Hill

biographical name (2)

Definition of Hill (Entry 4 of 6)

Archibald Vivian 1886–1977 English physiologist

Hill

biographical name (3)

Definition of Hill (Entry 5 of 6)

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

Hill

biographical name (4)

Definition of Hill (Entry 6 of 6)

Sir Rowland 1795–1879 English postal reformer

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Other Words from hill

Verb

hiller noun

Synonyms for hill

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of hill in a Sentence

Noun 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. Verb hilled peat moss around the rosebushes to protect them from the freeze
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When he was asked about his pick-6 to OSU corner Shaun Wade, which made the Hoosiers’ hill to climb just a bit steeper in the fourth quarter, Penix was a man of few words. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "Trailing 35-7, IU football didn't quit, learned something about itself in Ohio State defeat," 22 Nov. 2020 Every single hill was a red-faced, wheezing struggle. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "Want to be like those extra-tough Alaskans? Start by letting weakness be a strength," 21 Nov. 2020 The Gothic majesty of the Cathedral of Santa María tops a hill overlooking the centuries-old district. Melissa Findley, National Geographic, "Destinations on the rise for 2021," 20 Nov. 2020 The holiday spirit comes to Six Flags Over Texas as the park offers seasonal fun such as sledding down a snow hill and shopping at a holiday market with fireside s’mores and other treats for sale. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "The top places to see Christmas lights and other holiday displays in Dallas-Fort Worth," 19 Nov. 2020 Therefore, small business owners and entrepreneurs have a steeper hill to climb than their white counterparts in both growing and scaling their businesses. Charisse Conanan Johnson, Fortune, "To jump-start America’s economy, invest in women entrepreneurs of color," 19 Nov. 2020 There were about 60 new graves now, with holes already dug out for more, across three stair-step rows bulldozed into the hill. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, "Layers of Tragedy, in a Cemetery and in the Mountains," 18 Nov. 2020 On Monday, it was filled to its 10-car capacity, with a line snaking up the hill, waiting for a chance to make the four-minute, $5 crossing. Washington Post, "The crumbling bridge that two presidents couldn’t fix faces an uncertain future," 17 Nov. 2020 The average midsize bike weight of 350-450 pounds will be more manageable and make hill starts much easier. Joe Michaud, San Diego Union-Tribune, "10 motorcycles for the newbie rider," 15 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Other aggressive turkeys are a common sight in the Oakland hills a few miles east, where some have been known to mix it up with passing bicyclists and hikers. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Tough turkey ruffles feathers in Oakland," 21 May 2020 Learn about planting times, using fertilizer and lime, and when to prune, pinch, hill up or tie up plants. oregonlive, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Antique and Collectible Show, pruning demos, workshops and more," 28 Feb. 2020 Learn about planting times, using fertilizer and lime, and when to prune, pinch, hill up or tie up plants. oregonlive, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Antique and Collectible Show, pruning demos, workshops and more," 28 Feb. 2020 Learn about planting times, using fertilizer and lime, and when to prune, pinch, hill up or tie up plants. oregonlive, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Antique and Collectible Show, pruning demos, workshops and more," 28 Feb. 2020 Learn about planting times, using fertilizer and lime, and when to prune, pinch, hill up or tie up plants. oregonlive, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Antique and Collectible Show, pruning demos, workshops and more," 28 Feb. 2020 Learn about planting times, using fertilizer and lime, and when to prune, pinch, hill up or tie up plants. oregonlive, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Antique and Collectible Show, pruning demos, workshops and more," 28 Feb. 2020 Learn about planting times, using fertilizer and lime, and when to prune, pinch, hill up or tie up plants. oregonlive, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Antique and Collectible Show, pruning demos, workshops and more," 28 Feb. 2020 Learn about planting times, using fertilizer and lime, and when to prune, pinch, hill up or tie up plants. oregonlive, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Spring Home & Garden Show, workshops, pruning demos and more," 22 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of hill

Noun

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

Verb

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hill

Noun

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

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Time Traveler for hill

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The first known use of hill was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

26 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hill. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for hill

hill

noun
How to pronounce Hill (audio)

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

hill

noun
\ ˈhil How to pronounce hill (audio) \

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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