\ 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 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 Catcher Kade Scivicque immediately knew something was wrong and jogged to mound to check on the Detroit Tigers’ top prospect. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Tigers have no choice but to baby Casey Mize's inflamed shoulder," 16 June 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kathy Willens/Associated Press On Tuesday night, Luis Severino will step onto a major-league mound for the first time this season. James Wagner, New York Times, "Luis Severino Returns, but the Yankees’ Slew of Injuries Remains a Mystery," 17 Sep. 2019 Yet for as good as Rodriguez was, the Phillies had Aaron Nola on the mound who was just as good., "Benintendi's go-ahead sac fly," 15 Sep. 2019 George Springer grounded past the mound up the middle and was tagged out on a wide throw to first baseman Olson, but Chirinos scored. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "A's hand Astros second home series loss of season," 13 Sep. 2019 The Saints will send right-hander Ryan Zimmerman (7-3, 4.16) to the mound to face Explorers righty Taylor Jordan (6-10, 4.49). News Services, Twin Cities, "Lang’s big hit leaves St. Paul Saints a win from title," 13 Sep. 2019 With tablespoon, scoop salmon mixture onto baking sheet in 12 even mounds. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Keto Smoked Salmon Fat Bombs," 12 Sep. 2019 San Francisco will at least benefit from starting ace Madison Bumgarner on Saturday and from sending starter Johnny Cueto to the mound Sunday against the Marlins as both games should increase Bochy’s chances of picking up a few more wins. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants on verge of worst home season in Oracle Park history, lose series to Pirates," 12 Sep. 2019 But the pile—the mound of rubble left by the towers—kept burning through December, and the debris-removal process continued to disturb settled dust and redistribute it into the air. Caroline Lester, The New Yorker, "The Continuing Legacy of 9/11," 11 Sep. 2019 Here and there, tabletop-size islands of brighter green stand out, each centered on a small mound of droppings deposited by vicuñas. Tim Appenzeller, Science | AAAS, "Global warming has made iconic Andean peak unrecognizable," 11 Sep. 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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30 Oct 2019

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The first known use of mound was circa 1500

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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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