mound

verb
\ ˈmau̇nd How to pronounce mound (audio) \
mounded; mounding; mounds

Definition of mound

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic : to enclose or fortify with a fence or a ridge of earth
2 : to form into a mound

mound

noun, often attributive

Definition of mound (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic : hedge, fence
2a(1) : an artificial bank or hill of earth or stones especially : one constructed over a burial or ceremonial site
(2) : the slightly elevated ground on which a baseball pitcher stands
b : a rounded hill or natural formation
3a : heap, pile mounds of work
b : a small rounded mass a mound of mashed potatoes

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Synonyms for mound

Synonyms: Verb

bank, hill

Synonyms: Noun

bank, bar, drift

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Examples of mound in a Sentence

Verb

He mounded the food onto his plate. a desk mounded with books and papers

Noun

the burial mounds of an ancient people a mound of dirty laundry a mound of mashed potatoes
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Layer apples on top, being careful not to mound them in center. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 Continue adding soil periodically until the soil is slightly mounded above surface level to allow for settling. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Garden-Fresh Asparagus," 19 Aug. 2018 There is a tendency for the cream to mound in the center, so be sure to spread cream out to edges of cake, so the cream layer is slightly thicker along the edge than in the center. 13. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "Is Boston Cream Pie the World’s Most Delicious...Cake?," 9 Nov. 2018 Grow these mounding plants in beds or containers and be sure to cut some stems for indoor arrangements, too. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "13 Annual Flowers You Can Easily Grow From Seeds," 2 June 2016 The tribe considers disturbing the quarry mounds a desecration because the tribe believes disturbing the dead condemns their souls to wander, the court added. Todd Richmond, chicagotribune.com, "Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks concrete company from digging up American Indian burial mounds," 22 May 2018 Continue adding soil periodically until the soil is slightly mounded above surface level to allow for settling. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Asparagus," 6 Mar. 2017 Two weeks before harvest, tie the tops together, and mound soil up to the base of the leaves. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Crunchy Celery," 19 Apr. 2017 Spoon the batter into the pan, mounding it slightly down the center. 7. Lisa Yockelson, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Every baker needs a simple blueberry cake for the summer table," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Kansas City Royals 18th overall pick and college baseball player of the year Brady Singer (12-1, 2.30) will take the mound for Sunday's 6 p.m. game. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas Tech seeks a breakthrough at College World Series," 17 June 2018 Privacy - Terms Senior RHP Cade Winquest took the mound for the final game of the series and pitched well in his biggest game of his high school career. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Eaton wins Game 3 to clinch a spot in baseball state tourney," 2 June 2018 Jameson Taillon would do anything to stay on the mound. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "MLB Pitcher Jameson Taillon Jokingly Says He'd Let Teammates Pee on His Finger to Heal Wound," 15 May 2018 Currently, pitchers can exit after one hitter, often leading to an endless parade of mound visits and pitching changes that... Jared Diamond, WSJ, "In the Interest of Time, LOOGYs May Get Left Out," 1 Mar. 2019 The occultation revealed that Ultima Thule is either shaped like a rubber duck, looking a bit like two mounds squashed together. Loren Grush, The Verge, "On New Year’s Day, a spacecraft will zoom by the most distant object humanity has ever visited," 27 Dec. 2018 Nearly three-quarters of the burial mounds in northern Xinjiang have been looted. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Satellites watch over the graves of ancient steppe nomads," 26 Dec. 2018 Divide into 4 equal-size mounds; shape into flat rectangles and wrap each tightly in plastic. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Sparkly Apple Slab Pie," 23 Oct. 2018 Infielder Cliff Pennington was the first position player to take the mound in the postseason, entering in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the 2015 AL Championship Series with Toronto trailing Kansas City by 10 runs. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Catcher on the mound: Romine pitches in Yanks’ blowout loss," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of mound

Verb

1515, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1500, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mound

Verb

origin unknown

Noun

origin unknown

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The first known use of mound was circa 1500

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mound

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mound

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly US
: to make a pile with or of (something)
: to cover (something) with a pile of something

mound

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mound (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small hill or pile of dirt or stones
: the slightly raised area of ground on which a baseball pitcher stands
: a heap or pile of something

mound

noun
\ ˈmau̇nd How to pronounce mound (audio) \

Kids Definition of mound

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small hill or heap of dirt or stones
2 : heap entry 1 sense 1, pile a mound of dirty laundry
3 : the slightly raised ground on which a baseball pitcher stands

mound

verb
mounded; mounding

Kids Definition of mound (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a pile or heap of Snow was mounded on both sides of the road.

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