\ 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 for mound

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The simplest method is to mound shredded leaves or bark mulch around the base of the plant to about 12 inches or so. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Oct. 2021 Just don’t mound mulch up directly against the plant’s stems or trunk, which invites diseases and pests. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 2 Aug. 2021 Transfer to a shallow serving bowl, then mound the scallions and cucumber on top., 22 June 2021 Tear the bread into 1-inch pieces and mound them on the baking sheet., 18 May 2021 Spice up a sandwich, garnish a salad, mound them up on just about anything that deserves the glory of their intense flavor and color. Beth Segal, cleveland, 15 Apr. 2021 Grasp the corners of the parchment and pull them toward the center to mound the granola in a pile., 30 Mar. 2021 On the baking sheet, mound the potatoes and cauliflower in the center and sprinkle with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. Sheryl Julian,, 16 Feb. 2021 If the dough is cracking, mound it into a ball and roll out again. Kendra Nordin Beato, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Garrett Whitlock will be on the mound for the Sox against Jake Odorizzi. Andrew Mahoney,, 16 May 2022 The youth movement was in full swing; gone were Trout and Trucks, and Newhouser made just seven appearances on the mound. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 15 May 2022 Staying on the mound and working quickly — just like his dad would have wanted — Cortes pitched a career-high eight innings to lead the New York Yankees to a 5-1 victory over Michael Kopech and the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. Jay Cohen, Hartford Courant, 15 May 2022 Yoxtheimer also went the distance on the mound, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits. Ben Thomas |, al, 14 May 2022 The entire way, Overton showed the command and the poise that the Reds have needed on the mound this year. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 13 May 2022 Drew Smyly on the mound, a matchup the Diamondbacks would have wanted to see. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 13 May 2022 Sea Lions senior left-hander/outfielder Baxter Halligan seems an obvious choice for PacWest Player of the Year after leading the conference on the mound with 11 wins and a 2.28 ERA while also batting .333 with eight home runs and 40 RBIs. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2022 Twins utilityman Nick Gordon, son of former major league pitcher Tom Gordon, made his first major league appearance on the mound in the ninth inning. Patrick Donnelly, Chron, 12 May 2022 See More

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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


origin unknown

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“Mound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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\ 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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