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
Leighton Dorey IV, 39, was arrested early Wednesday in Idyllwild, a mountain town about 100 miles north of the wealthy San Diego County community where his father’s body was discovered the previous day.
That hasn’t prevented a fight over the future of the 4,300 square-kilometer (1,660 square mile) Mackenzie Basin, home to New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook, and an increasingly important tourist destination.
Of the six people who died on Everest this year, only the body of an American doctor was left on the mountain.
Gen. Noriega became de facto leader of the country in 1983, two years after the death of Torrijos, whose plane plowed into mountain on a routine domestic flight.
For centuries, the indigenous Kachin people here in Myanmar’s remote north planted rice when the lake flooded their fields during the monsoon, fished its waters and hunted its wetlands and the surrounding mountains.
Government administrator Umesh Pandey says the plane hit a mountain Saturday about 20 meters (66 feet) below the runway of Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest.
Larry Smith opened the comments with a plea to keep the golf course but mountain bike advocates dominated the discussion - not just in their number but also in their colorful biking jerseys.
Because a billion years from now, mountain building and erosion will have destroyed everything on the Earth, but this plaque will remain intact.
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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 century
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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