\ 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 Spice up a sandwich, garnish a salad, mound them up on just about anything that deserves the glory of their intense flavor and color. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Microgreen magic: The triumph of the indoor farmer," 15 Apr. 2021 Grasp the corners of the parchment and pull them toward the center to mound the granola in a pile., "Recipe: For Easter brunch, make easy parfaits in glasses or jars with yogurt, fresh strawberries, and granola," 30 Mar. 2021 On the baking sheet, mound the potatoes and cauliflower in the center and sprinkle with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. Sheryl Julian,, "Recipe: Try this delicious, easy version of the popular Indian vegetarian dish Aloo Gobhi (potatoes and cauliflower)," 16 Feb. 2021 If the dough is cracking, mound it into a ball and roll out again. Kendra Nordin Beato, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mini pumpkin pies can help Thanksgiving 2020 feel right," 23 Nov. 2020 In the years that run warm late, mound the roses shortly after Thanksgiving. Jim Johnson,, "9 timely gardening and lawn tips for fall, whether you’re a pandemic gardening newbie or a seasoned pro," 3 Oct. 2020 Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan and mound the mussels in the center., "Recipes for summer’s bounty: Mains," 16 Sep. 2020 When the shoots reach 10 to 12 inches tall, use a hoe or shovel to scoop soil from between rows and mound it against the plants, burying the stems halfway. Doug Hall, Good Housekeeping, "7 Tips for Growing Perfect Potatoes," 21 May 2020 Kris thinks the perfectly mounded, small plants are the best-looking ones to landscape with. Johanna Silver, Better Homes & Gardens, "More Than 1,000 Peonies Fill This Colorful Midwestern Garden," 8 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Garrett shouted from the mound and pounded his chest multiple times. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Reds pitcher Amir Garrett suspended 7 games after benches-clearing incident vs. Cubs," 4 May 2021 May winced in pain after throwing a pitch Saturday in Milwaukee and left the mound. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Dodgers-Cubs MLB 2021 live stream (5/4): How to watch online, TV info, time," 4 May 2021 Gather each mound into a ball, then press firmly into a cohesive 5-inch disk about 1½ inches thick., "Recipes: Sweet brunch treats for Mother’s Day," 30 Apr. 2021 In the second inning, Boyd called on Hinch, athletic trainer Doug Teter, pitching coach Chris Fetter and catcher Wilson Ramos for a mound visit. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers get 'very positive' info about Matthew Boyd's knee injury," 30 Apr. 2021 Tingler and a trainer visited the mound after Weathers' first two pitches, both changeups in the mid-80 mph range. Jack Magruder, Star Tribune, "Machado powers San Diego past Arizona 12-3," 29 Apr. 2021 On Monday, baseball's Shohei Ohtani accomplished a feat not seen in nearly a century -- taking the mound as his team's starting pitcher while simultaneously leading the league in home runs. Jason Kurtz, CNN, "Angels' Shohei Ohtani becomes first pitcher since Babe Ruth to start game while leading MLB in homers," 27 Apr. 2021 Pitching coach Matt Wise was forced to visit the mound. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Lakers defeat Magic," 27 Apr. 2021 José Berríos of Minnesota worked 5 2/3 innings, permitting two runs and five hits, but was forced to leave the game after an inadvertent second mound visit by manager Rocco Baldelli. Brian Dulik, ajc, "Indians top Twins 5-3 in 10 innings on Luplow's 2-run homer," 27 Apr. 2021

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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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23 Apr 2021

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“Mound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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