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
4 : slope, incline

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

cock, heap, mound, mountain, pile, stack

Synonyms: Verb

bank, mound

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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

Heavy rains since Thursday have hit 20 of Nepal's 77 districts, in the hills as well as in southern plains. Washington Post, "World Digest: July 12, 2019," 12 July 2019 The earliest Byzantine structure in Calabria was built by hermits who lived in the hills. Frances Mayes, National Geographic, "Discover Italy’s most delicious secret," 11 July 2019 Hasan Ataselim, 48, grows tea in the hills above Arhavi, selling much of his crop to Lipton. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Turkey’s Long, Painful Economic Crisis Grinds On," 8 July 2019 For the final stop on a four-year World Cup odyssey, the U.S. women’s national soccer team is perched at a former 19th-century convent in the hills high above this enchanting city. Steven Goff, The Denver Post, "“Locked on and still hungry,” USA soccer enters World Cup final aware of its legacy," 6 July 2019 Perched in the hills overlooking Portofino, the Belmond Hotel Splendido is the exclusive town’s crown jewel. Emily Selter, ELLE Decor, "A Peek Inside Belmond Hotel Splendido's Most Exclusive New Suites," 25 June 2019 Experience Scandinavian culture without having to pull out your passport in Decorah, Iowa, a pretty little town nestled in the hills. Kristi Valentini, Woman's Day, "These Summer Vacation Spots Are the Hidden Gems of the Midwest," 25 June 2019 His mother had now married the welder, and Joe moved in with them in the hills outside Auburn. Tribune News Service, oregonlive.com, "The Man in the Window: Is this the childhood of a serial killer? (Part One)," 22 June 2019 The men who fought in the hills and on the fields and through the streets of Europe. Christina Ruffini, CBS News, "The last of the best: A reporter reflects on the D-Day anniversary," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After Hampton Court Palace, the garden will be permanently located in its final place at the RHS garden at Wisley, in the Surrey hills south west of London, in September. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton Hosts Picnic for Children in Her Specially Designed Garden — at a Palace!," 1 July 2019 When Tevis died in 1931, the land was purchased by the Sacred Heart Novitiate, a Jesuit order that had operated a center in the Los Gatos hills nearby since 1886. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, "New redwood park opening 15 miles from downtown San Jose," 7 June 2019 Commercial growers boost yields by watering regularly and hilling the rhizomes once a month. Sharon Tregaskis, Good Housekeeping, "The Easiest Way to Grow Ginger at Home," 29 July 2018 Commercial growers boost yields by watering regularly and hilling the rhizomes once a month. Sharon Tregaskis, Good Housekeeping, "The Easiest Way to Grow Ginger at Home," 29 July 2018 Commercial growers boost yields by watering regularly and hilling the rhizomes once a month. Sharon Tregaskis, Good Housekeeping, "The Easiest Way to Grow Ginger at Home," 29 July 2018 Commercial growers boost yields by watering regularly and hilling the rhizomes once a month. Sharon Tregaskis, Good Housekeeping, "The Easiest Way to Grow Ginger at Home," 29 July 2018 Commercial growers boost yields by watering regularly and hilling the rhizomes once a month. Sharon Tregaskis, Good Housekeeping, "The Easiest Way to Grow Ginger at Home," 29 July 2018 Commercial growers boost yields by watering regularly and hilling the rhizomes once a month. Sharon Tregaskis, Good Housekeeping, "The Easiest Way to Grow Ginger at Home," 29 July 2018

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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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hill

noun

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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