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 There is also a new winding pathway with bridges that span a waterfall from the gardens down the hill to the Butchertown Greenway, which runs along Beargrass Creek. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Do you miss travel? Here are 5 single-day outdoor excursions within an hour of Louisville," 3 July 2020 In 2015, at least 113 people were killed in when a hill of tailings from a jade mine, also in Hpakant, collapsed onto the huts of sleeping workers. Helen Regan, CNN, "Jade mine landslide kills at least 100 in Myanmar, with more people still missing," 2 July 2020 Even as the early closing time nears on a Friday night, Fish and the Hog buzzes with a kind of familiarity rarely seen in the touristy villages down the hill. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "The foodie haven in Hawaii you need to know about now," 1 July 2020 She was sentenced to eighteen months in the women’s prison at Hoheneck, a grim red brick fortress on a hill above a Saxon market town. Hari Kunzru, The New Yorker, "A Transparent Woman," 29 June 2020 Once a week, my grandmother would put on her hat, scarf, gloves, and polished leather shoes, and pull her black-metal cart down the hill to Fairway, then back up to her apartment. Bianca Bosker, The Atlantic, "The Supermarket Is One of America’s Best Ideas," 17 June 2020 The Kansas City police have launched an investigation after a memorial to a lynching victim was cut from its pole and thrown over a wall and down a hill, according to KCTV5. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Kansas City Police Investigating After Lynching Victim Memorial Is Vandalized," 16 June 2020 Bakkedal filmed from atop a hill as a massive chunk of land with homes overlooking the sea broke off and slid into the waters. Fox News, "Norway landslide sweeps 8 houses into sea, dog swims to safety," 8 June 2020 Graffiti was found at the base of other statues in the park, including the George Washington Statue, the 9/11 memorial, and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument atop a hill on Boston Common. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "George Floyd rioters deface 16 Boston statues, including memorial honoring black Civil War regiment," 4 June 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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The first known use of hill was before the 12th century

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5 Jul 2020

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“Hill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hill. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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