Mountain meaning

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The definition of a mountain is a part of Earth that is very wide, has a taller height than a hill and often has steep sides, or it is a large pile of something.

An example of a mountain is Mount Olympus.

An example of a mountain is a bowl with 10 large scoops of ice cream in it, a mountain of ice cream.

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A natural elevation of the earth's surface, typically larger and steeper than a hill.
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A very large amount.
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A chain or group of such elevations.
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A large pile, heap, or mound.
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A large mass of earth and rock, rising above the common level of the earth or adjacent land, usually given by geographers as above 1000 feet in height (304.8 metres), though such masses may still be described as hills in comparison with larger mountains.

Everest is the highest mountain in the world.

We spent the weekend hiking in the mountains.

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A large amount.

There's still a mountain of work to do.

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A generally massive and usually steep-sided, raised portion of the Earth's surface. Mountains can occur as single peaks or as part of a long chain. They can form through volcanic activity, by erosion, or by uplift of the continental crust when two tectonic plates collide. The Himalayas, which are the highest mountains in the world, were formed when the plate carrying the landmass of India collided with the plate carrying the landmass of China.
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Situated, living, or used in the mountains.
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Of a mountain or mountains.
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A natural elevation of the earth's surface having considerable mass, generally steep sides, and a height greater than that of a hill.
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(figuratively) A difficult task or challenge.
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the Mountain
  • the extreme revolutionary party of Danton and Robespierre, which occupied the highest seats in the French National Assembly in 1793
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the Mountain

Origin of mountain

  • Middle English mountaine from Old French montaigne, muntaigne from Vulgar Latin montānea from feminine of montāneus of a mountain from Latin montānus from mōns mont- mountain men-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman muntaine, from Vulgar Latin *montānea, feminine of *montāneus (“mountainous"), alteration of Latin montānus, from mōns, from Proto-Indo-European *monti (compare Welsh mynydd (“mountain"), Albanian mat (“bank, shore"), Avestan [script?] [script?] (mati, “promontory")), from Proto-Indo-European *men- (“to project, stick out"). More at menace.

    From Wiktionary