hillock

noun

hill·​ock ˈhi-lək How to pronounce hillock (audio)
: a small hill
hillocky adjective

Examples of hillock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the moon shines through dips in the nearby hillock, its light streams into the central circle and down the length of the avenue. Dan Falk, Discover Magazine, 6 Apr. 2024 Many of the canals running through the farmland were fortified with low hillocks covered in grass. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 Rainfall, delayed and rerouted by craters and hillocks, percolated into the earth rather than flushing sediment into a nearby creek. Ben Goldfarb, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Feb. 2024 The entree is a carnivore’s dream: A beef medallion gets pounded thin and layered with Virginia ham and cheese, an indulgence balanced with a hillock of sprightly greens. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 The black splotches were raised, like tiny hillocks, and covered in even tinier white stipples. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 13 Mar. 2023 Dust becomes rock, flats become hillocks. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 18 Feb. 2023 Why, when a statistically insignificant number of SUV owners ever venture off-road, would Porsche—a company that year in, year out builds the best sports cars in the world—burden the Cayenne with such silly amounts of heavy, hillock-humping capacity? Dan Neil, Car and Driver, 2 June 2020 The luggage capacity is slightly reduced by the carpeted hillock behind the rear seats, under which dwell some of the power electronics. Dan Neil, WSJ, 11 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hillock was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Hillock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hillock. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

hillock

noun
hill·​ock ˈhil-ək How to pronounce hillock (audio)
: a small hill
hillocky adjective

Medical Definition

hillock

noun
hill·​ock ˈhil-ək How to pronounce hillock (audio)
: any small anatomical prominence or elevation see axon hillock
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