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a natural elevation of the earth's surface, smaller than a mountain.
an incline, especially in a road: This old jalopy won't make it up the next hill.
an artificial heap, pile, or mound: a hill made by ants.
a small mound of earth raised about a cultivated plant or a cluster of such plants.
the plant or plants so surrounded: a hill of potatoes.
Baseball. mound1 ( def 4 ).
the Hill, Capitol Hill.
verb (used with object)
to surround with hills: to hill potatoes.
to form into a hill or heap.
go over the hill, Slang.
to break out of prison.
to absent oneself without leave from one's military unit.
to leave suddenly or mysteriously: Rumor has it that her husband has gone over the hill.
over the hill,
relatively advanced in age.
past one's prime.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English hyll; cognate with Middle Dutch hille, Latin collis hill; compare Latin culmen top, peak (see column, culminate), celsus lofty, very high, Gothic hallus rock, Lithuanian kálnas mountain, Greek kolōnós hill, kolophṓn summit (see colophon)

hiller, noun
underhill, noun

1. eminence, prominence; mound, knoll, hillock; foothill.

1. hollow, valley.
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hill (hɪl)
1.  a.  a conspicuous and often rounded natural elevation of the earth's surface, less high or craggy than a mountain
 b.  (in combination): a hillside; a hilltop
2.  a.  a heap or mound made by a person or animal
 b.  (in combination): a dunghill
3.  an incline; slope
4.  over the hill
 a.  informal beyond one's prime
 b.  slang military absent without leave or deserting
5.  up hill and down dale strenuously and persistently
6.  to form into a hill or mound
7.  to cover or surround with a mound or heap of earth
[Old English hyll; related to Old Frisian holla head, Latin collis hill, Low German hull hill]

Hill (hɪl)
1.  Archibald Vivian. 1886--1977, British biochemist, noted for his research into heat loss in muscle contraction: shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine (1922)
2.  Damon Graham Devereux, son of Graham Hill. born 1960, British motor-racing driver; Formula One world champion (1996)
3.  David Octavius 1802--70, Scottish painter and portrait photographer, noted esp for his collaboration with the chemist Robert Adamson (1821-- 48)
4.  Geoffrey (William). born 1932, British poet: his books include King Log (1968), Mercian Hymns (1971), The Mystery of the Charity of Charles Péguy (1983), and The Orchards of Syon (2002)
5.  Graham. 1929--75, British motor-racing driver: world champion (1962, 1968)
6.  Octavia. 1838--1912, British housing reformer; a founder of the National Trust
7.  Sir Rowland. 1795--1879, British originator of the penny postage
8.  Susan (Elizabeth). born 1942, British novelist and writer of short stories: her books include I'm the King of the Castle (1970) The Woman in Black (1983), and Felix Derby (2002)

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hyll, from P.Gmc. *khulnis (cf. M.Du. hille, Low Ger. hull "hill," O.N. hallr "stone," Goth. hallus "rock," O.N. holmr "islet in a bay," O.E. holm "rising land, island"), from PIE base *kel- "to rise, be elevated, to be prominent" (cf. Skt. kutam "top, skull;" L. collis "hill," columna "projecting
object," culmen "top, summit," cellere "raise," celsus "high;" Gk. kolonos "hill," kolophon "summit;" Lith. kalnas "mountain," kalnelis "hill," kelti "raise"). Formerly including mountains, now usually confined to heights under 2,000 feet. Hillock (1382) preserves M.E. dim. suffix -oc. Phrase over the hill "past one's prime" is first recorded 1950.
"In Great Britain heights under 2,000 feet are generally called hills; 'mountain' being confined to the greater elevations of the Lake District, of North Wales, and of the Scottish Highlands; but, in India, ranges of 5,000 and even 10,000 feet are commonly called 'hills,' in contrast with the Himalaya Mountains, many peaks of which rise beyond 20,000 feet." [OED]
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Medical Dictionary

Hill (hĭl), Archibald Vivian. 1886-1977.

British physiologist. He shared a 1922 Nobel Prize for his investigation of heat production in muscles and nerves.

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Hill definition

(1.) Heb. gib'eah, a curved or rounded hill, such as are common to Palestine (Ps. 65:12; 72:3; 114:4, 6). (2.) Heb. har, properly a mountain range rather than an individual eminence (Ex. 24:4, 12, 13, 18; Num. 14:40, 44, 45). In Deut. 1:7, Josh. 9:1; 10:40; 11:16, it denotes the elevated district of Judah, Benjamin, and Ephraim, which forms the watershed between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. (3.) Heb. ma'aleh in 1 Sam. 9:11. Authorized Version "hill" is correctly rendered in the Revised Version "ascent." (4.) In Luke 9:37 the "hill" is the Mount of Transfiguration.

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