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

Vancouver's known for skiing; Suri and an unnamed pal gaze out at what looks like a little ski town on the side of a hill, complete with ski cables and tons of snowy goodness. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Shares Sweet, Rare Photo of Suri Cruise," 18 Feb. 2019 The day took us to Volcano Village, up more hills, the hardest so far. James Sturz, WSJ, "Hawaii’s Big Island By Bike: A Heart-Racing, Spectacularly Scenic Trip," 12 Feb. 2019 Workouts are downtown and at the beach and include warm up, stretching, drills, hills, stairs, intervals and long runs depending on day of week and goals. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Daughters of American Revolution keep marching ...community news," 12 July 2018 The first phase included cutting into the hill, installing a retaining wall and doing underground work. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Two 4S Ranch campuses to get new classrooms," 12 July 2018 The four-wheel-drive system has low-range gearing for hills, sand and mud. star-telegram, "Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury SUV brings elegance, technology to the family hauler," 30 June 2018 Augie Martinez, who jumped 36 times on the 20-meter hill, executed the last jump of the event — around 2:30 a.m., event organizer Karen Compton said. Bob Hallinen, Anchorage Daily News, "Is anything better than ski jumping under the midnight sun?," 23 June 2018 Others opted to lounge on an adjacent hill, taking in the expanse of the ceremony from shaded trees. Alison Kuznitz, courant.com, "Canton High School Hosts Emotional Graduation Focused On Change, Individuality," 22 June 2018 According to Guttschow, a vehicle had stopped to turn onto Grimm, which is on a curve and top of a hill, and the first bus had to slam on its brakes to avoid hitting the vehicle. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Bus avoids collision near Antioch; police report minor injuries to 7 children," 21 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 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 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

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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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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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