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

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

The Sox are only one game out of the second wild card with the team ahead of them, the Texas Rangers, arriving at Fenway for a four-game series starting on Monday night with Chris Sale on the mound. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "The Red Sox believe they’re better than this; it’s about time they show it," 9 June 2019 William Elkins, Logan Pinon and Avery Moorefield all had singles, while James Lee and Pinon had gutsy performances on the mound. Anthony Ciardelli, latimes.com, "Huntington West Orioles blank Costa Mesa American Angels," 8 June 2019 Garrett smiled after the strikeout, then kissed his left hand on the mound before Manager David Bell made a pitching change. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds reliever Amir Garrett out to prove he's one of the best in baseball," 8 June 2019 Senior Kaelyn Shively has a 1.18 ERA in 136 innings on the mound. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "'Dad, don't you dare lie to me': One call unveiled his secret. His hometown helps him heal.," 7 June 2019 Manoah wasn’t on the mound, but his West Virginia Mountaineers had an eight-run lead in the seventh inning of Sunday’s elimination game in their NCAA regional at Morgantown. Walter Villa Miami Herald Writer, miamiherald, "Former South Dade pitcher goes to Blue Jays at No. 11 in first round of MLB Draft," 4 June 2019 The scoreless eighth, despite two walks, was his fifth career appearance on the mound, including three in 2018. Charles Odum, The Seattle Times, "Swanson leads HR derby as Fried, Braves beat Brewers 12-8," 17 May 2019 Chris Sale came off the mound, yelling something into his glove that wasn't fit for his mother's ears. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Sale Helps Red Sox Win Ninth Straight, 4-2 Over Texas," 12 July 2018 But of all the proposals being considered, the most radical would see the pitcher’s mound moved back 2 feet. Paul Dickson, WSJ, "‘K’ Review: The Ace’s Repertoire," 19 Apr. 2019

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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)

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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