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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


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


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Definition of Hill (Entry 4 of 6)

Archibald Vivian 1886–1977 English physiologist


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Definition of Hill (Entry 5 of 6)

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


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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

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 Golf is no longer being played on the rolling hills of what was once War Memorial Golf Course. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, "Tailgaters happy for game in Little Rock," 30 Nov. 2019 Leave it to Starbucks to find poetry in a hill of beans. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The world’s largest Starbucks, opening Friday in Chicago, is one of the finest flagships on the Mag Mile," 7 Nov. 2019 The other side, past the rolling hills of Orinda and Lafayette, is Walnut Creek, where dressing to impress is the local currency. Flora Tsapovsky, SFChronicle.com, "Why is Walnut Creek the best-dressed spot in the Bay Area?," 6 Nov. 2019 His final resting place will be in the hills of Scotland. courant.com, "William Kavanagh," 3 Nov. 2019 In the forested hills of Vermont on a fall day in 1848, 25-year-old Phineas Gage crouched over a hole, holding a 13-pound iron rod. Tim Requarth, Longreads, "The Final Five Percent," 22 Oct. 2019 The incident began unfolding at around 2 p.m. in the massive petroleum tank storage farm nestled in the hills of Crockett, according to the Vallejo Firefighters Association. CBS News, "Refinery explosion near Rodeo leads to massive fire, plumes of smoke across Bay Area," 15 Oct. 2019 Some of The Sound of Music‘s most iconic scenes take place in the hills of the Alps, including the opening number with the title song where Andrews, as Maria, frolics through the early morning beauty on the mountainside. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hear Julie Andrews recount a humorous anecdote in audiobook of new memoir Home Work," 14 Oct. 2019 Creative, independent, and feisty, Harriet was a Wellesley graduate and mother of four who spent weekends and holidays writing at her farm in the hills of Hunterdon County, New Jersey, and ran the Syndicate from 1930 until her death at 89 in 1982. Michael Callahan, Marie Claire, "The Timely Return of Nancy Drew," 9 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The documentary opens and closes with all five of them hiking the same Lee County hills Richardson and his brothers did in their younger years. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Inside the Kentucky church where one of the Backstreet Boys grew up," 11 Sep. 2019 This Cottage-style home nestled in the North Berkeley hills offers a tranquil, wooded setting. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Tranquility in the hills," 19 Aug. 2019 Hopefully they are hilled or mulched to cover most of your plants. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Last year’s garden did great. This year, it did nothing. What went wrong?," 1 Aug. 2019 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

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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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“Hill.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hill. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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