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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On the mound, the Red Sox are averaging 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings in the postseason—about average by 2018 MLB standards. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Red Sox Notch Game 2 World Series Win Over Dodgers," 25 Oct. 2018 He will not be suspended pic.twitter.com/wDpvfkDzlA — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 18, 2018 Hader’s first All-Star Game appearance Tuesday was marred by a poor performance on the mound and by the controversy that developed off of it. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Brewers all-star Josh Hader avoids suspension, to attend sensitivity training over old tweets," 19 July 2018 On the mound Phillies RHP Zach Eflin (7-2, 3.15 ERA, 1.078 WHIP) vs. Marlins RHP Jose Ureña (2-9, 4.13 ERA, 1.194 WHIP): Ureña will finish his steady first half Sunday against the Phillies, the Marlins’ final game before the four-day All-Star break. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Preview: Phillies at Marlins, Sunday, 1:10 p.m.," 14 July 2018 After that season, MLB lowered the mound from 15 inches to its current height of 10 inches. Christopher L. Gasper, BostonGlobe.com, "The Lions in the Super Bowl, a .400 hitter in a season, and other sports dreams I’d like to see become reality," 14 July 2018 The landlord called the Animal Control unit for the city, where workers found the tan dog under a panel and buried under a mound of debris. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Emaciated puppy found under pile of trash is fighting for her life," 13 July 2018 The nectar-producing plant makes a large dense mound (6 feet tall and 8 feet in diameter). Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "The plants that will attract fall hummingbirds, butterflies," 13 July 2018 Usually a visit to the mound by the pitching coach or manager isn't always a pleasant experience for the pitcher on the receiving end. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Look how happy Astros rookie Cionel Perez was to make his big league debut," 12 July 2018 Trying to protect a 1-0 lead, Ray plunked Carlos Gonzalez in the back with a slider that slipped out of his hand with one out, drawing a trip to the mound by manager Torey Lovullo. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' funk continues with loss to Rockies," 12 July 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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