\ 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


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: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Use an ice cream scoop to fill and mound up the stuffing in muffin tins, removing the bay leaf. Carrie Knauer,, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Three new spins on traditional Turkey Day side dishes," 18 Nov. 2019 She and her colleagues tried to recreate tool’s manufacture, collecting strips of birch bark, mounding clay over them, and building a fire on top to heat the bark inside to 300°C–400°C for hours. Andrew Curry, Science | AAAS, "50,000-year-old, tar-smeared tool shows Neanderthal smarts," 21 Oct. 2019 The field includes a removable pitchers mound, dugouts, digital scoreboard and bleachers. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Former Ravens public-address announcer Bruce Cunningham to call Towson football games for FloFootball; Brooks Robinson field unveiled," 17 Sep. 2019 Although the park is fenced and mounded, the public is invited in through breaks in the fence and by the landscape itself. Blair Kamin,, "The dull blocks west of Navy Pier get an engaging park: Will it be loved to death?," 31 July 2019 Amid the tumult of technological advancement and brutally efficient warfare that had just dispatched tens of millions, the body — upright in defiance, broken by conflict, mounded in mass graves — is constant. Globe Staff,, "This Boston artist shunned the limelight. He deserves to be famous.," 1 Aug. 2019 Spoon the batter into the pan, mounding it slightly down the center. Lisa Yockelson,, "Recipe: In New England, a blueberry cake on the kitchen counter is a treasured summer moment," 1 July 2019 Rain rally With the potential tying run on first and the go-ahead run waiting to enter the batter’s box in the eighth, the Camden Yards grounds crew scattered dirt in an effort to dry an infield and pitcher’s mounded dampened by a consistent rain. Nathan Ruiz,, "Orioles surrender first grand slam, move halfway to home runs allowed record in 8-6 loss to Blue Jays," 13 June 2019 Another way to get a denser, softly mounded cream is to use a jar. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "The best thing to do with heavy cream? Whip it, whip it good.," 17 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There may be no way to get out of the icy water if someone slips down the side of one of the mounds. Bisma Parvez, Detroit Free Press, "Rare ice volcanoes captured erupting on Lake Michigan beach but may not stick around," 17 Feb. 2020 There may be no way to get out of the icy water if someone slips down the side of one of the mounds. Bisma Parvez, USA TODAY, "'Ice volcanoes' are erupting on a Lake Michigan beach. Here's what they look like.," 17 Feb. 2020 Abel, who underwent Tommy John surgery last April, had been attending practices leading up to Friday’s regular-season opener, but is not close to returning to the mound. oregonlive, "Kevin Abel, hero of Oregon State’s 2018 college baseball championship, not on Beavers’ 2020 roster and won’t play this season," 15 Feb. 2020 For example, canines typically prefer to put their feet on a clean, smooth, level surface, and lynx would rather step in a small depression or on top of a small mound. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "10 Lessons for First-Time Fur Trappers," 17 Dec. 2019 Researchers have spotted a 43-foot keel just beneath the topsoil of a burial mound on the island of Edøy in western Norway. Fox News, "Mysterious 1,000-year-old Viking ship discovered on Norwegian island," 26 Nov. 2019 The team found the nested boats at the edge of the biggest mound in a larger burial ground. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Unusual Viking Grave Includes Nested Boats Buried 100 Years Apart," 23 Nov. 2019 Even with a pep talk from the grand old man of the mound, there is no way to simulate how a playoff game really feels. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "James Paxton Delivers Ace-Like Night in Yankees’ Moment of Need," 19 Oct. 2019 The standing stones visible today are the framework of a burial mound. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Spanish drought reveals submerged megalithic tomb," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of mound


1515, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1500, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mound


origin unknown


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The first known use of mound was circa 1500

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Cite this Entry

“Mound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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



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


\ 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


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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