A big mound of dirt.
- An elevated pitch of land that a pitcher stands on in baseball when he throws the ball is an example of a pitcher's mound.
- A small hill made of rocks and dirt that you can climb is an example of a mound.
- When a company tries to hide its failing products and stop its declining sales by simply throwing excessive amounts of money at the problems, this is an example of a time when the company uses mounds of cash to try to resolve its issues.
- a heap or bank of earth, sand, etc. built over a grave, in a fortification, etc.
- a natural elevation like this; small hill
- any heap or pile
- Baseball the slightly raised area on which the pitcher stands when pitching
Origin of moundprobably ; from Middle Dutch mond, protection, akin to Old Norse mund, hand: see manual
- Archaic to enclose or fortify with a mound
- to heap up in a mound
Origin of moundFrench monde ; from Classical Latin mundus, the world
- A pile of earth, gravel, sand, rocks, or debris heaped for protection or concealment.
- A natural elevation, such as a small hill.
- A group of things collected in a mass or heap: found his keys in a mound of laundry. See Synonyms at heap.
- often mounds A great deal; a lot: has mounds of homework to finish.
- Archaeology A large artificial pile of earth or stones often marking a burial site.
- Baseball The slightly elevated pitcher's area in the center of the diamond.
- Archaic A hedge or fence.
transitive verbmound·ed, mound·ing, mounds
Origin of moundOrigin unknown.
- An artificial hill or elevation of earth; a raised bank; an embankment thrown up for defense; a bulwark; a rampart.
- A natural elevation appearing as if thrown up artificially; a regular and isolated hill, hillock, or knoll.
- (baseball) Elevated area of dirt upon which the pitcher stands to pitch.
- A ball or globe forming part of the regalia of an emperor or other sovereign. It is encircled with bands, enriched with precious stones, and surmounted with a cross.
- (US, vulgar, slang) Vulva.
(third-person singular simple present mounds, present participle mounding, simple past and past participle mounded)
- To fortify with a mound; add a barrier, rampart, etc. to.
- To force or pile into a mound or mounds.
- He mounded up his mashed potatoes so they left more space on the plate for the meat.
From earlier meaning "hedge, fence", from Middle English mound, mund (“protection, boundary, raised earthen rampart”), from Old English mund (“hand, hand of protection, protector, guardianship”), from Proto-Germanic *mundō (“hand”), *munduz (“protection, patron”), from Proto-Indo-European *men-, *man-, *mar- (“hand”). Cognate with Old Frisian mund (“guardianship”), Old High German munt (“hand, protection”) (German Mündel (“ward”), Vormund (“a guardian”)), Old Norse mund (Icelandic mund, “hand”)), Middle Dutch mond (“protection”), Latin manus (“hand”), Ancient Greek μάρη (márē, “hand”).