What does mountain mean?

Definitions for mountain
ˈmaʊn tnmoun·tain

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word mountain.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mountain, mountnoun

    a land mass that projects well above its surroundings; higher than a hill

  2. batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wadnoun

    (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"


  1. mountainnoun

    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.

  2. mountainnoun

    A large amount.

    There's still a mountain of work to do.

  3. mountainnoun

    A difficult task or challenge.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mountainadjective

    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.

  2. Mountainnoun

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mountainnoun

    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

  2. Mountainnoun

    a range, chain, or group of such elevations; as, the White Mountains

  3. Mountainnoun

    a mountainlike mass; something of great bulk

  4. Mountainadjective

    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

  5. Mountainadjective

    like a mountain; mountainous; vast; very great

  6. Etymology: [OE. mountaine, montaine, F. montagne, LL. montanea, montania, fr. L. mons, montis, a mountain; cf. montanus belonging to a mountain. See 1st Mount.]


  1. Mountain

    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

  1. Mountain

    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. montanusmons, montis.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. mountain

    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).

Editors Contribution

  1. mountain

    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

  1. Mountain

    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.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mountain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2592

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mountain' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3628

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mountain' in Nouns Frequency: #692

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mountain in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mountain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of mountain in a Sentence

  1. Confucius:

    The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

  2. Jordan Anderson:

    With Sage’s extensive experience in road racing and open-wheel racing, along with finishing 7th in this year’s Indianapolis 500, we knew that the road course at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway would be a special place for him to make his NASCAR debut with support from Montage Mountain Resorts and so many other great partners.

  3. Marit Alanen:

    One camera did photograph the jaguar, ocelots, mountain lions and bobcats at separate times, southern Arizona is one of the few places in the U.S. to see four wild cats living in the same area.

  4. Ben Carson:

    While I applaud Donald's plan as a step in the right direction. We must go further. We must get the IRS out of our lives, eliminating the tax code and a mountain of regulations will cause our economy to explode with growth. The IRS isn't the answer, it is the problem.

  5. Dave Grohl:

    Most schools already struggle from a lack of resources ; how could they possibly afford the mountain of safety measures that will need to be in place ?

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