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mound1

[mound] /maʊnd/
noun
1.
a natural elevation of earth; a hillock or knoll.
2.
an artificial elevation of earth, as for a defense work or a dam or barrier; an embankment.
3.
a heap or raised mass:
a mound of papers; a mound of hay.
4.
Baseball. the slightly raised ground from which the pitcher delivers the ball.
See also rubber1 (def 13).
5.
an elevation formed of earth, sand, stones, etc., especially over a grave or ruins.
6.
a tumulus or other raised work of earth dating from a prehistoric or long-past period.
verb (used with object)
7.
to form into a mound; heap up.
8.
to furnish with a mound of earth, as for a defense.
Origin
1505-1515
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
Related forms
unmounded, adjective

mound2

[mound] /maʊnd/
noun
1.
a globe topped with a cross that symbolizes power and constitutes part of the regalia of an English sovereign.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English: world < Old French monde < Latin mundus world
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Examples from the web for mounds
  • Remove from heat and chill until mixture mounds slightly when dropped from a spoon.
  • 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.
  • Bacteria slowly built the mounds, known as stromatolites, layer by layer on the lake bottom.
  • The animals use their keen sense of smell to detect termite mounds and anthills and tear them open with strong claws.
  • Minibus-sized garbage mounds were parked on the curb every couple of blocks.
  • Anteaters use their keen sense of smell to detect termite mounds and anthills and tear them open with their strong claws.
  • He didn't care what else was on the holiday menu as long as there were mounds of mashed potatoes.
  • Wooden stakes mark several mounds, and many of the burrow openings are masked by chicken wire.
British Dictionary definitions for mounds

mound1

/maʊnd/
noun
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 barrow2
5.
an artificial ridge of earth, stone, etc, as used for defence
verb
6.
(often foll by up) to gather into a mound; heap
7.
(transitive) to cover or surround with a mound: to mound a grave
related
adjective tumular
Word Origin
C16: earthwork, perhaps from Old English mund hand, hence defence: compare Middle Dutch mond protection

mound2

/maʊnd/
noun
1.
(heraldry) a rare word for orb (sense 1)
Word Origin
C13 (meaning: world, C16: orb): from French monde, from Latin mundus world
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Word Origin and History for mounds

mound

n.

1550s, "hedge, fence," also "embankment, dam" (a sense probably influenced by mount (n.)). The relationship between the noun and the verb is uncertain. Commonly supposed to be from Old English mund "hand, protection, guardianship" (cognate with Latin manus), but this is not certain (OED discounts it on grounds of sense). Perhaps a confusion of the native word and Middle Dutch mond "protection," used in military sense for fortifications of various types, including earthworks. From 1726 as "artificial elevation" (as over a grave); 1810 as "natural low elevation." As the place where the pitcher stands on a baseball field, from 1912.

v.

1510s, "to enclose with a fence;" c.1600 as "to enclose with an embankment;" see mound (n.). From 1859 as "to heap up." Related: Mounded; mounding.

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