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

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, BostonGlobe.com, "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, BostonGlobe.com, "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, baltimoresun.com, "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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The thefts, combined, yielded $2,100 and three desirable tickets to an A's game against the White Sox, on a Saturday in late September, with Vida Blue on the mound for the two-time defending world champions and Reggie Jackson batting cleanup. Steve Rushin, SI.com, "The Death of Paper Tickets and the Stories They Leave Behind," 12 Sep. 2019 At least one thing will be the same as the A’s and Tigers take the field to complete their May 19 game this evening: Liam Hendriks will still be on the mound for Oakland in the bottom of the seventh inning, more than three months after the fact. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "Liam Hendriks on mound for A’s in suspended game tonight," 6 Sep. 2019 After that second out, catcher Robinson Chirinos went to the mound for a quick visit with Verlander. Fox News, "Houston Astros' Justin Verlander pitches 3rd career no-hitter," 2 Sep. 2019 After that second out, catcher Robinson Chirinos went to the mound for a quick visit with Verlander. Washington Post, "Verlander pitches 3rd career no-hitter, Astros beat Jays 2-0," 2 Sep. 2019 After that second out, catcher Robinson Chirinos went to the mound for a quick visit with Verlander. Ian Harrison, BostonGlobe.com, "Astros’ Justin Verlander throws another no-hitter," 1 Sep. 2019 The Astros, who will send Justin Verlander to the mound for the game, were listed as -550 favorites by VegasInsider.com, meaning bettors would have to bet $5.50 to make $1 on the Astros. Chris Thomas, Detroit Free Press, "Justin Verlander historic favorite vs. Detroit Tigers tonight," 21 Aug. 2019 And Shohei Ohtani can return to the mound for the first time since his 2018 Tommy John surgery without the pressure of heading the rotation. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, "Would the Angels pay big bucks to sign elite starter Gerrit Cole this offseason?," 7 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, Irvin is spending his summer on the mound for the Victoria Generals in the Texas Collegiate League. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Baseball: Former Kingwood pitcher honing skills at summer ball in Victoria," 1 Aug. 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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