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[mount] /maʊnt/
verb (used with object)
to go up; climb; ascend:
to mount stairs.
to get up on (a platform, a horse, etc.).
to set or place at an elevation:
to mount a house on stilts.
to furnish with a horse or other animal for riding.
to set or place (a person) on horseback.
to organize, as an army.
to prepare and launch, as an attack or a campaign.
to raise or put into position for use, as a gun.
(of a fortress or warship) to have or carry (guns) in position for use.
to go or put on guard, as a sentry or watch.
to attach to or fix on or in a support, backing, setting, etc.:
to mount a photograph; to mount a diamond in a ring.
to arrange for display:
to mount a museum exhibit.
to provide (a play, musical comedy, opera, etc.) with scenery, costumes, and other equipment for production.
to prepare (an animal body or skeleton) as a specimen.
(of a male animal) to climb upon (a female) for copulation.
  1. to prepare (a slide) for microscopic investigation.
  2. to prepare (a sample) for examination by a microscope, as by placing it on a slide.
verb (used without object)
to increase in amount or intensity (often followed by up):
The cost of all those small purchases mounts up.
to get up on the back of a horse or other animal for riding.
to rise or go to a higher position, level, degree, etc.; ascend.
to get up on something, as a platform.
the act or a manner of mounting.
a horse, other animal, or sometimes a vehicle, as a bicycle, used, provided, or available for riding.
an act or occasion of riding a horse, especially in a race.
a support, backing, setting, or the like, on or in which something is, or is to be, mounted or fixed.
an ornamental metal piece applied to a piece of wooden furniture.
Microscopy. a prepared slide.
a distinctive metal feature on a sheath or scabbard, as a locket or chape.
Philately. hinge (def 4).
Printing. a wooden or metal block to which a plate is secured for printing.
Origin of mount1
1300-50; Middle English mounten < Old French munter, monter < Vulgar Latin *montāre, derivative of Latin mont- (stem of mōns) mount2
Related forms
mountable, adjective
mountless, adjective
unmountable, adjective
1. scale. See climb. 19. soar. 22. steed, charger, palfrey.
1, 19. descend.


[mount] /maʊnt/
noun, Chiefly Literary.
a mountain: often used as part of a placename.
before 900; Middle English, Old English munt < Latin mont- (stem of mōns) mountain, hill


mount :
Mt. Rainier.
2. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mount
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  • mount two inexpensive mirrored cabinets next to each other to create one seamless surface.
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British Dictionary definitions for mount


to go up (a hill, stairs, etc); climb
to get up on (a horse, a platform, etc)
(intransitive) often foll by up. io increase; accumulate: excitement mounted
(transitive) to fix onto a backing, setting, or support: to mount a photograph, to mount a slide
(transitive) to provide with a horse for riding, or to place on a horse
(of male animals) to climb onto (a female animal) for copulation
(transitive) to prepare (a play, musical comedy, etc) for production
(transitive) to plan and organize (a compaign, an exhibition, etc)
(transitive) (military) to prepare or launch (an operation): the Allies mounted an offensive
(transitive) to prepare (a skeleton, dead animal, etc) for exhibition as a specimen
(transitive) to place or carry (weapons) in such a position that they can be fired
mount guard, See guard (sense 26)
a backing, setting, or support onto which something is fixed
the act or manner of mounting
a horse for riding
a slide used in microscopy
  1. a small transparent pocket in an album for a postage stamp
  2. another word for hinge (sense 5)
Derived Forms
mountable, adjective
mounter, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French munter, from Vulgar Latin montāre (unattested) from Latin monsmount²


a mountain or hill: used in literature and (when cap.) in proper names: Mount Everest
(in palmistry) any of the seven cushions of flesh on the palm of the hand
Word Origin
Old English munt, from Latin mons mountain, but influenced in Middle English by Old French mont
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Word Origin and History for mount

c.1300, "to mount a horse;" mid-14c., "to rise up, ascend; fly," from Old French monter "to go up, ascend, climb, mount," from Vulgar Latin *montare, from Latin mons (genitive montis) "mountain" (see mount (n.)). Meaning "to set or place in position" first recorded 1530s. Sense of "to get up on for purposes of copulation" is from 1590s. Related: Mounted; mounting.


"hill, mountain," mid-13c., from Anglo-French mount, Old French mont "mountain;" also perhaps partly from Old English munt "mountain;" both the Old English and the French words from Latin montem (nominative mons) "mountain," from PIE root *men- "to stand out, project" (cf. Latin eminere "to stand out;" Sanskrit manya "nape of the neck," Latin monile "necklace;" Old Irish muin "neck," Welsh mwnwgl "neck," mwng "mane;" Welsh mynydd "mountain").

"that on which something is mounted," 1739, from mount (v.). The colloquial meaning "a horse for riding" is first recorded 1856.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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mount in Medicine

mount (mount)
v. mount·ed, mount·ing, mounts
To prepare a specimen for microscopic examination, especially by positioning on a slide.

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mount in Technology
file system
To make a file system available for access.
Unix does this by associating the file system with a directory (the "mount point") within a currently mounted file system. The "root" file system is mounted on the root directory, "/" early in the boot sequence. "mount" is also the Unix command to do this, "unmount" breaks the association.
E.g., "mount attaches a named file system to the file system hierarchy at the pathname location directory [...]" -- Unix manual page mount(8).
File systems are usually mounted either at boot time under control of /etc/rc (or one of its subfiles) or on demand by an automounter daemon.
Other operating systems such as VMS and DOS mount file systems as separate directory hierarchies without any common ancestor or root directory.
Apparently derived from the physical sense of "mount" meaning "attach", as in "head-mounted display", or "set up", as in "always mount a scratch monkey, etc."
Unix manual page: mount(8).
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Related Abbreviations for mount




  1. mount
  2. mountain
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mount in the Bible

Palestine is a hilly country (Deut. 3:25; 11:11; Ezek. 34:13). West of Jordan the mountains stretch from Lebanon far down into Galilee, terminating in Carmel. The isolated peak of Tabor rises from the elevated plain of Esdraelon, which, in the south, is shut in by hills spreading over the greater part of Samaria. The mountains of Western and Middle Palestine do not extend to the sea, but gently slope into plains, and toward the Jordan fall down into the Ghor. East of the Jordan the Anti-Lebanon, stretching south, terminates in the hilly district called Jebel Heish, which reaches down to the Sea of Gennesareth. South of the river Hieromax there is again a succession of hills, which are traversed by wadies running toward the Jordan. These gradually descend to a level at the river Arnon, which was the boundary of the ancient trans-Jordanic territory toward the south. The composition of the Palestinian hills is limestone, with occasional strata of chalk, and hence the numerous caves, some of large extent, found there.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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