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

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 If the dough is cracking, mound it into a ball and roll out again. Kendra Nordin Beato, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mini pumpkin pies can help Thanksgiving 2020 feel right," 23 Nov. 2020 In the years that run warm late, mound the roses shortly after Thanksgiving. Jim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "9 timely gardening and lawn tips for fall, whether you’re a pandemic gardening newbie or a seasoned pro," 3 Oct. 2020 Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan and mound the mussels in the center. SFChronicle.com, "Recipes for summer’s bounty: Mains," 16 Sep. 2020 When the shoots reach 10 to 12 inches tall, use a hoe or shovel to scoop soil from between rows and mound it against the plants, burying the stems halfway. Doug Hall, Good Housekeeping, "7 Tips for Growing Perfect Potatoes," 21 May 2020 Kris thinks the perfectly mounded, small plants are the best-looking ones to landscape with. Johanna Silver, Better Homes & Gardens, "More Than 1,000 Peonies Fill This Colorful Midwestern Garden," 8 Apr. 2020 Add the blueberries and vanilla and toss well to coat, then transfer the filling to the reserved pie shell, mounding the berries slightly in the center. Popular Science, "This Alaskan town is a crucial stop on the Iditarod—for its pie," 13 Mar. 2020 Sometimes made even more complète with a garlicky, acidic escarole salad mounded right on top and a bottle of the local hard cider to drink. Gabrielle Hamilton, New York Times, "Crepes Don’t Have to Be Fancy to Be Delicious," 25 Mar. 2020 Lacette Fragrant Sumac is another Johnson’s Nursery original that has a dense mounded habit, refined texture, and better mite resistance compared to other sumacs. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New plants for 2020 put emphasis on attracting butterflies and bees, helping environment," 12 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Although the Japanese star is coming off a rough season at the plate and on the mound, the Angels remain committed to Ohtani's enormous potential in both positions. Greg Beacham, ajc, "Shohei Ohtani, Angels agree on $8.5 million, 2-year contract," 8 Feb. 2021 Although the Japanese star is coming off a rough season at the plate and on the mound, the Angels remain committed to Ohtani's enormous potential in both positions. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, "Shohei Ohtani, Angels agree on $8.5 million, 2-year contract," 8 Feb. 2021 Willoughby was on the mound in Game 3 when Ed Armbrister bunted in the 10th inning and seemed to interfere with Carlton Fisk. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Offseason moves signal Blue Jays are thinking big," 30 Jan. 2021 Pierce loves this team’s depth, both on the field and the mound. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas baseball aims to build on 2020 momentum," 31 Jan. 2021 The contents of the Sutton Hoo mound date from the sixth or seventh centuries, and a culture that spoke a Germanic language. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "How The Dig and Ammonite Fetishize British-ness," 27 Jan. 2021 Pitcher Richard Fitts even built a portable, makeshift pitching mound out of wood. Giana Han, al, "2020: A strange season for every sport," 31 Dec. 2020 Pinch off golf ball-sized pieces from the mochi mass until the whole mound is used. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Make mochi for New Year's with this Bay Area native's adorable new cookbook," 30 Dec. 2020 The other is the recognizable mound of sticks and mud. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois’ largest rodents are in city lagoons, rivers and streams. Now, they’re on Instagram and TikTok, thanks to pandemic-weary Chicagoans.," 29 Dec. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mound. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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