mound

verb
\ ˈmau̇nd \
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 & Antonyms for mound

Synonyms: Verb

heap, pile, stack

Synonyms: Noun

altitude(s), elevation, eminence, height, highland, hill, hump, prominence, rise, upland

Antonyms: Verb

unpile

Antonyms: Noun

lowland

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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

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 Use a mix of 50 percent peat moss and 50 percent pine bark mulch to mound around the root balls. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Growing azaleas and rhododendrons is tricky. Choosing the right cultivar can help.," 1 May 2018 After this season, Gracia will leave behind fielding ground balls and throwing to first base and stick solely to mound duties at Franklin Pierce. Matt Case, BostonGlobe.com, "Wilmington’s dynamic duo will continue together in college," 27 Apr. 2018 The practice started sometime in the neolithic period (roughly 6,000-8,000 years ago) with simple stone mounds the size of a kitchen table. Julia Kate Clark, Smithsonian, "As Mongolia Melts, Looters Close In On Priceless Artifacts," 11 Apr. 2018 Heat grill: Prepare and preheat your lump charcoal grill for indirect cooking, with one hot side where the charcoal is mounded, and one hold (unheated) side without charcoal underneath. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "Grilled Walleye Wrapped in Corn Husks from Michael Symon (recipe)," 11 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The online version of the MLB rulebook didn’t list a specific guideline for translators in mound visits. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Blue Jays coach throws gloves in post-ejection tirade over umpires stopping a translator," 8 July 2018 Francona chuckled during the mound visit to pull Perez, but the funniest moment was Perez doing his customary leap over the base line on the way to the dugout. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Could Giants, other teams be cautious at trade deadline because of luxury tax?," 30 June 2018 After a mound visit by pitching coach Chris Bosio, Fiers gave up the game-tying home run to Narváez. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "John Hicks helps Detroit Tigers stay ahead of Chicago White Sox, 4-3," 15 June 2018 Following a mound visit from Barnhart, Moustakas hit a 3-0 fastball on the ground toward second base. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Joey Votto says watching Billy Hamilton escape rundown is 'the fun part of baseball'," 13 June 2018 But after a mound visit from pitching coach Cal Eldred, Adam struck out Gallo despite falling behind in the count 3-0 and retired Rougned Odor on a pop-up to third base. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Jason Hammel, Royals' offense do just enough to secure a victory over Rangers | The Kansas City Star," 27 May 2018 But after a mound visit by pitching coach Roger McDowell, Cobb induced an inning-ending double play ball from Hanley Ramirez to escape the inning. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles end 13-game road losing streak with 7-4 win at Fenway," 18 May 2018 After Devers' second homer and following a mound visit by pitching Doug Brocail, Colon just flipped the new ball to himself until play resumed. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Even when Colon can't rescue Rangers, it's must-click material | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 4 May 2018 Commissioner Rob Manfred is encouraged by pace-of-play changes that have limited mound visits and reduced the time between innings at major league games. BostonGlobe.com, "Another sexual abuse scandal rocks Michigan State," 25 Apr. 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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More Definitions for mound

mound

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mound

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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 \

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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