\ 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Use an ice cream scoop to fill and mound up the stuffing in muffin tins, removing the bay leaf. Carrie Knauer,, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Three new spins on traditional Turkey Day side dishes," 18 Nov. 2019 She and her colleagues tried to recreate tool’s manufacture, collecting strips of birch bark, mounding clay over them, and building a fire on top to heat the bark inside to 300°C–400°C for hours. Andrew Curry, Science | AAAS, "50,000-year-old, tar-smeared tool shows Neanderthal smarts," 21 Oct. 2019 The field includes a removable pitchers mound, dugouts, digital scoreboard and bleachers. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Former Ravens public-address announcer Bruce Cunningham to call Towson football games for FloFootball; Brooks Robinson field unveiled," 17 Sep. 2019 Although the park is fenced and mounded, the public is invited in through breaks in the fence and by the landscape itself. Blair Kamin,, "The dull blocks west of Navy Pier get an engaging park: Will it be loved to death?," 31 July 2019 Amid the tumult of technological advancement and brutally efficient warfare that had just dispatched tens of millions, the body — upright in defiance, broken by conflict, mounded in mass graves — is constant. Globe Staff,, "This Boston artist shunned the limelight. He deserves to be famous.," 1 Aug. 2019 Spoon the batter into the pan, mounding it slightly down the center. Lisa Yockelson,, "Recipe: In New England, a blueberry cake on the kitchen counter is a treasured summer moment," 1 July 2019 Rain rally With the potential tying run on first and the go-ahead run waiting to enter the batter’s box in the eighth, the Camden Yards grounds crew scattered dirt in an effort to dry an infield and pitcher’s mounded dampened by a consistent rain. Nathan Ruiz,, "Orioles surrender first grand slam, move halfway to home runs allowed record in 8-6 loss to Blue Jays," 13 June 2019 Another way to get a denser, softly mounded cream is to use a jar. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "The best thing to do with heavy cream? Whip it, whip it good.," 17 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Aim for Davidson’s in the shadow of Mount Borradaile, a hallowed mound where generations of ancestors are buried. Brandon Presser, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where to Honeymoon in 2020," 6 Jan. 2020 With that, an impressive rushing sound came up from the forge, and the center of the coal mound reddened like a stoplight. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Forge and Start Hammering Metal," 2 Jan. 2020 The impact was powerful enough to form what’s known as a central peak, made from debris that flowed like a fluid and then solidified into a mound in the middle of the crater. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "Big volcanic bump unlike anything seen before found on the moon," 13 Dec. 2019 Sánchez went sprawling off the mound to try to make a play, but couldn’t. Washington Post, "Altuve, Astros show up in World Series, win Game 3 in DC 4-1," 26 Oct. 2019 Sánchez went sprawling off the mound to try to make a play, but couldn’t. Howard Fendrich, The Denver Post, "Altuve, Astros show up in World Series, win Game 3 in DC," 25 Oct. 2019 After Didi Gregorius hit a soft dribbler on the first pitch, Pressly came off the mound and fielded the ball and was clearly in pain after planting his right leg while going toward the line. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Astros’ Pressly reinjures knee, good to go for World Series," 19 Oct. 2019 With sophomore Cade Walker patrolling at third and junior Brayden Evans likely leading the effort on the mound, the trio should form a strong nucleus. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Another Harrison ready to make big baseball splash, starting with trip to Arizona," 23 Dec. 2019 Or flashy catcher Cazzie Casanova whipping the ball back to the mound, faster than ol' curveballer Camilo Pascual pitched it. Ben Walker,, "Rooting for the long-lost Senators: Many memories, few wins," 19 Oct. 2019

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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


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The first known use of mound was circa 1500

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11 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Mound.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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



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


\ 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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