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 for mound

Synonyms: Verb

bank, hill

Synonyms: Noun

bank, bar, drift

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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

Layer apples on top, being careful not to mound them in center. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 Continue adding soil periodically until the soil is slightly mounded above surface level to allow for settling. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Garden-Fresh Asparagus," 19 Aug. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After noticing his live arm — his fastball hit the mid-90s — the Diamondbacks talked him into moving to the mound. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles right-hander Yefry Ramírez has embraced change on winding path to major leagues," 14 July 2018 Velasquez will return from the disabled list Wednesday night and try to pitch the Phillies to a series victory over the Mets, who will send ace Jacob deGrom to the mound. Bob Brookover, Philly.com, "Enyel De Los Santos' arm and Maikel Franco's bat guide Phillies into first | Extra Innings," 11 July 2018 Ever notice Reds reliever Jared Hughes sprinting from the bullpen to the mound? Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Reds Beat Blog: Will the Reds be sellers or stand pat at the trade deadline?," 9 July 2018 With one out and runners on the corners, Kela struck out Nicholas Castellanos and then retired Niko Goodrum with a broken-bat dribbler back to the mound. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Rangers strike early, hold on to beat Tigers 7-5," 5 July 2018 The Tigers sent five pitchers to the mound after pulling Hardy. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers drop 7th straight, search for 'way out of this thing'," 27 June 2018 The other reason for mound visits is for managers to change pitchers. WSJ, "Our Insane Ideas to Save Baseball," 25 Oct. 2018 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

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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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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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