\ˈhil \

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


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


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


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

Workouts include intervals, hills, and options for cross-training. Mallory Creveling, SELF, "12 Marathon Training Apps to Help You Conquer 26.2 Miles," 18 Oct. 2018 The first phase included a park, ice skating rink, sledding hill, and restaurant-brewery. Peter Grant, WSJ, "Atlanta Braves Owner Says County Wins Big From Development Near New Stadium," 9 Oct. 2018 Head up Galata’s hill and down into Karaköy, exploring the shops and restaurants along the way. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 A few days ago, Paltrow posted the first honeymoon photo that was taken in Umbria, a region of central Italy known for its rolling hills and exquisite cuisine. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything We Know About Gwyneth Paltrow's European Honeymoon," 9 Oct. 2018 Bhuttico Weaving Cooperative was started in 1944 with 12 weavers, and now has hundreds working at a plant on the main street of the town, surrounded by green hills and brown mountains. Alex Frank, Vogue, "Woolmark Prize Winner Bodice Is a Handmade Homage to India—And So Much More," 8 Sep. 2018 Runners with a combination of patience, hill experience, and strong finishing power will be well-suited to tackle the challenging course. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "What You Need to Know Before Watching the 2018 New York City Marathon," 25 Oct. 2018 The Seven Sisters are also part of South Downs National Park, the newest national park in England where fields of poppies bloom among the rolling hills between June and August each year. Lyndsey Matthews, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Need to Know About Sussex, England," 27 Sep. 2018 The question now is whether whoever replaces Trump in the Oval Office can push America back up the hill in time. Alex Ward, Vox, "America’s declining power, in one quote," 14 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While other fashion brands may play up their connections to hill-tribe artisans, Thảo’s is a genuine cooperative. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 Photo by Sam Frost Adam Singer’s Hollywood hills bachelor pad has it all—a good view, a grand pool, a and a wraparound deck. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "9 maximalist interiors that get the style right," 4 Sep. 2018 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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The first known use of hill was before the 12th century

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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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