1 [mound]
a natural elevation of earth; a hillock or knoll.
an artificial elevation of earth, as for a defense work or a dam or barrier; an embankment.
a heap or raised mass: a mound of papers; a mound of hay.
Baseball. the slightly raised ground from which the pitcher delivers the ball. Compare rubber ( def 13 ).
an elevation formed of earth, sand, stones, etc., especially over a grave or ruins.
a tumulus or other raised work of earth dating from a prehistoric or long-past period.
verb (used with object)
to form into a mound; heap up.
to furnish with a mound of earth, as for a defense.

1505–15; earlier: hedge or fence used as a boundary or protection, (v.) to enclose with a fence; compare Old English mund hand, hence protection, protector; cognate with Old Norse mund, Middle Dutch mond protection

unmounded, adjective Unabridged


2 [mound]
a globe topped with a cross that symbolizes power and constitutes part of the regalia of an English sovereign.

1250–1300; Middle English: world < Old French monde < Latin mundus world Unabridged
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mound1 (maʊnd)
1.  a raised mass of earth, debris, etc
2.  any heap or pile: a mound of washing
3.  a small natural hill
4.  archaeol another word for barrow
5.  an artificial ridge of earth, stone, etc, as used for defence
6.  (often foll by up) to gather into a mound; heap
7.  (tr) to cover or surround with a mound: to mound a grave
Related: tumular
[C16: earthwork, perhaps from Old English mund hand, hence defence: compare Middle Dutch mond protection]

mound2 (maʊnd)
heraldry a rare word for orb
[C13 (meaning: world, C16: orb): from French monde, from Latin mundus world]

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Word Origin & History

1515, as a verb, "to fence in;" the noun is 1551, and originally meant "fence, hedge," now only dial. in that sense; commonly supposed to be from O.E. mund "hand, protection, guardianship" (cognate with L. manus), but this is not certain. Perhaps a confusion of the native word and M.Du. mond "protection,"
used in military sense for fortifications of various types, including earthworks, and infl. by mount (n.). Sense of "artificial elevation" (especially over a grave) is from 1726.
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Example sentences
He collapsed in a heap and remained face down on the mound for several minutes.
But the main attraction is the enormous central mound.
The sheer number of business books means that the diamonds shine rarely in a
  mound of dross.
They offered him a treat-insects from a fresh termite mound.
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