Definition of mountain
1a : a landmass that projects conspicuously above its surroundings and is higher than a hill The sun set behind the mountains.b : an elongated ridge
2a : a great mass a mountain of a man — E. K. Brownb : a vast number or quantity a mountain of mail a mountain of debt
Examples of mountain in a Sentence
She watched the sun set behind the mountains.
a cabin in the mountains
They both like mountain climbing.
We've received a mountain of mail.
Recent Examples of mountain from the Web
The baby animals were found too close to the spreading blaze in the dense Prescott National Forest and around Prescott, a mountain city about 100 miles north of Phoenix.
In the film, Mija is a quiet girl living in beatific mountains with her grandfather and Okja, a superpig gifted to her family by a livestock company called the Mirando Corporation, led by a slightly manic woman named Lucy Mirando (Swinton).
Mao County, China (AP) -- Crews searching through the night in the rubble left by a landslide that buried a mountain village under tons of soil and rocks in southwestern China found 15 bodies, but more than 100 more people remained missing.
Now many of those cyclists, along with newcomers who are looking for a bit more adventure away from the asphalt, are taking to mountain bikes.
While the golf course had its supporters, it was outnumbered by those lobbying for a mountain bike trail or cross country course.
Appreciating all aspects of life — my culture, my family, the mountains — that’s American beauty.
Just as Olympic athletes frequently train at higher altitudes to develop more red blood cells, Lucy should be in better shape climbing the highest mountain in North America for the last three weeks.
This is emotionally taxing, and combined with the thin mountain air, my head is already starting to hemorrhage ideas.
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Origin and Etymology of mountain
Middle English, from Anglo-French muntaine, from Vulgar Latin *montanea, from feminine of *montaneus of a mountain, alteration of Latin montanus, from mont-, mons
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
MOUNTAIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mountain for English Language Learners
: an area of land that rises very high above the land around it and that is higher than a hill
: a very large amount of something
MOUNTAIN Defined for Kids
Definition of mountain for Students
1 : a raised area of land higher than a hill
2 : a great mass or huge number a mountain of mail
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