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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To mounds
World English Dictionary
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]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Remove from heat and chill until mixture mounds slightly when dropped from a
Silvery to green mounds capped with spikes of lavender to purple, pink blooms
  late spring and summer.
Near by appear a row of small fresh mounds, placed side by side.
If it really meant saving of all those mounds of greenhouse gases, going
  vegetarian is a much faster and safer way around it.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature