\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)
\ˈhil \

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

First came Jalakara in 2016, the platonic ideal of the chic jungle hideaway, on the crown of a hill in the island’s rugged interior and thoughtfully accessorized with items procured by the British owners during their adventures all over India. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 First built in the 14th century, the now-hotel overlooks a sloping hill in the Loire Valley, where castles this romantic are no less magnificent for their ubiquitousness. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "How a French Prince Is Saving the World From Tasteless Tomatoes," 17 Sep. 2018 The report released Friday by California's firefighting agency says the pilot in a small lead plane nearly ran the jetliner into the trees because the pilots failed to recognize a hill in the middle of the flight path. Don Thompson, Fox News, "Firefighter's death caused by retardant drop from 747," 14 Sep. 2018 The hill in Price County is worth visiting for bragging rights of having been to Wisconsin's highest point. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's highest point - Timm's Hill - is a quiet escape away from everything," 5 July 2018 When it was all said and done, Bayside paraded seven boys to the mound, three of them showing up on the hill in the top of the sixth, trying to preserve a shaky lead. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Bayside 11s defeat Texas City 12-11 to clinch berth in District 14 title contest," 28 June 2018 Imagine a Detroit auto show at which SUVs climb hills in front of Cobo Center New cars zip around a track on the building’s roof Shoppers can experience the latest self-driving technologies in real-world driving on the streets of Detroit. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Video sneak peek: The future of the Detroit auto show," 28 June 2018 At 922 and 904 feet, respectively, South Peak and North Peak are the second- and third-highest hills in San Francisco. Thomas Graham, SFChronicle.com, "Walking these seven hills of San Francisco a peak experience," 28 June 2018 One morning on July 2017, Cruz sat on the front porch of her home, which stands on a hill in Humacao. Bianca Padró Ocasio, OrlandoSentinel.com, "These Puerto Ricans who fled Hurricane María's destruction built a community at a Super 8 in Kissimmee. Now, they have to leave it.," 27 June 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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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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