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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
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


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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

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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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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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