Definitions for mountain
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word mountain.
a land mass that projects well above its surroundings; higher than a hill
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(often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
"a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos"; "it must have cost plenty"; "a slew of journalists"; "a wad of money"
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 (or 304.8 metres), though such masses may still be described as hills in comparison with larger mountains.
A large amount.
There's still a mountain of work to do.
A difficult task or challenge.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Found on the mountains; pertaining to the mountains; growing on the mountains.
Etymology: montanus, Latin.
Now for our mountain sport, up to yond hill,
Your legs are young. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.
You may as well forbid the mountain pines
To wag their high tops, and to make a noise,
When they are fretted with the gusts of heav’n. William Shakespeare.
A large hill; a vast protuberance of the earth.
Etymology: montaigne, French.
I had been drowned; a death that I abhor; for the water swells a man, and what a thing should I have been when I had been swelled? I should have been a mountain of mummy. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.
She did corrupt frail nature with some bribe,
To make an envious mountain on my back,
Where sits deformity to mock my body. William Shakespeare.
From Acmon’s hands a rolling-stone there came,
So large, it half deserv’d a mountain ’s name! Dryden.
A mountain is an elevated portion of the Earth's crust, generally with steep sides that show significant exposed bedrock. Although definitions vary, a mountain may differ from a plateau in having a limited summit area, and is usually higher than a hill, typically rising at least 300 metres (1,000 feet) above the surrounding land. A few mountains are isolated summits, but most occur in mountain ranges.Mountains are formed through tectonic forces, erosion, or volcanism, which act on time scales of up to tens of millions of years. Once mountain building ceases, mountains are slowly leveled through the action of weathering, through slumping and other forms of mass wasting, as well as through erosion by rivers and glaciers.High elevations on mountains produce colder climates than at sea level at similar latitude. These colder climates strongly affect the ecosystems of mountains: different elevations have different plants and animals. Because of the less hospitable terrain and climate, mountains tend to be used less for agriculture and more for resource extraction, such as mining and logging, along with recreation, such as mountain climbing and skiing. The highest mountain on Earth is Mount Everest in the Himalayas of Asia, whose summit is 8,850 m (29,035 ft) above mean sea level. The highest known mountain on any planet in the Solar System is Olympus Mons on Mars at 21,171 m (69,459 ft).
A mountain is a large landform that rises conspicuously above its surroundings, typically with steep slopes and a peak or summit, usually formed by tectonic forces or volcanic activity. Mountains are characterized by their higher elevation compared to the surrounding areas, and can range in size, shape, and geological composition. They often play significant roles in ecosystems, weather patterns, and human activities, such as tourism, agriculture, and recreation.
a large mass of earth and rock, rising above the common level of the earth or adjacent land; earth and rock forming an isolated peak or a ridge; an eminence higher than a hill; a mount
a range, chain, or group of such elevations; as, the White Mountains
a mountainlike mass; something of great bulk
of or pertaining to a mountain or mountains; growing or living on a mountain; found on or peculiar to mountains; among mountains; as, a mountain torrent; mountain pines; mountain goats; mountain air; mountain howitzer
like a mountain; mountainous; vast; very great
Etymology: [OE. mountaine, montaine, F. montagne, LL. montanea, montania, fr. L. mons, montis, a mountain; cf. montanus belonging to a mountain. See 1st Mount.]
A mountain is a large landform that stretches above the surrounding land in a limited area usually in the form of a peak. A mountain is generally steeper than a hill. Mountains are formed through tectonic forces or volcanism. These forces can locally raise the surface of the earth by over 10,000 feet. Mountains erode slowly through the action of rivers, weather conditions, and glaciers. A few mountains are isolated summits, but most occur in huge mountain ranges. High elevations on mountains produce colder climates than at sea level. These colder climates strongly affect the ecosystem of mountains: different elevations have different plants and animals. Because of the less hospitable terrain and climate, mountains tend to be used less for agriculture and more for resource extraction and recreation, such as mountain climbing. The highest mountain on Earth is Mount Everest in the Himalayas of Asia, whose summit is 8,849.868 m above mean sea level. The highest known mountain on any planet in the Solar System is Olympus Mons on Mars at 21,171 m.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mownt′ān, or -′in, n. a high hill: anything very large: a wine made from mountain grapes: the extreme party in the French Revolution (see Montagnard).—adj. of or relating to a mountain: growing or dwelling on a mountain.—ns. Mount′ain-ash, the rowan-tree, with bunches of red berries, common on mountains; Mount′ain-blue, blue carbonate of copper; Mount′ain-bram′ble, the cloudberry; Mount′ain-cat, a catamount, a wild-cat; Mount′ain-chain, a number of mountains connected together in one line; Mount′ain-cork, Mount′ain-leath′er, a very light and whitish variety of asbestos; Mount′ain-deer, the chamois; Mount′ain-dew, whisky.—adj. Mount′ained.—ns. Mountaineer′, an inhabitant of a mountain: a climber of mountains: a rustic; Mountaineer′ing, the practice of climbing mountains; Mount′ain-flax, a fibrous asbestos; Mount′ain-lime′stone (geol.), a series of limestone strata separating the Old Red Sandstone from the coal-measures; Mount′ain-līon, the cougar; Mount′ain-milk, a spongy carbonate of lime.—adj. Mount′ainous, full of mountains: large as a mountain: huge.—ns. Mount′ain-rice, an awnless rice grown without irrigation on the Himalayas, &c.; Mount′ain-sheep, the bighorn of the Rocky Mountains; Mount′ain-soap, a greasy clay-like mineral, a kind of halloysite—also Rock-soap; Mount′ain-tall′ow, a mineral substance, called also Hatchettite; Mount′ain-tea, the American evergreen, Gaultheria procumbens.—Old man of the mountain, a popular name for the chief of the 11th century Hashshāshīn (see Assassin). [O. Fr. montaine—Low L. montana, a mountain—L. montanus—mons, montis.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
An Anglo-Saxon term still in use, usually held to mean eminences above 1000 feet in height. In a fort it means the cavalier (which see).
A type of land in a specific shape.
There are so many beautiful mountains in the world.
Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020
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Etymology and Origins
The extremists of the Democratic party in France during the Reign of Terror, so called because they occupied the elevated benches in the House of Convention.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Mountain is ranked #9877 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Mountain surname appeared 3,274 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Mountain.
80.8% or 2,648 total occurrences were White.
9.1% or 299 total occurrences were Black.
5.2% or 171 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
2.5% or 82 total occurrences were of two or more races.
1.8% or 59 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
0.4% or 15 total occurrences were Asian.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'mountain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2592
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'mountain' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3628
Rank popularity for the word 'mountain' in Nouns Frequency: #692
The numerical value of mountain in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of mountain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports. . . all others are games.
The thing that I still come back away with is how close so many people feel to the mountain Mt. Rainier emotionally and psychically, and yet how far away the world is when you're on the mountain.
And, he renamed a mountain...our mountain...the tallest peak on the North America continent.
A molehill man is a pseudo-busy executive who comes to work at 9 am and finds a molehill on his desk. He has until 5 p.m. to make this molehill into a mountain. An accomplished molehill man will often have his mountain finished before lunch.
If I may put this in terms of mountain climbing, we've just passed the first station on a mountain of 10 stations.
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