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Definitions for mountainous
ˈmaʊn tn əsmoun·tain·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cragged, craggy, hilly, mountainousadjective

    having hills and crags

    "hilly terrain"

  2. mountainousadjective

    like a mountain in size and impressiveness

    "mountainous waves"; "a mountainous dark man"

  3. mountainousadjective

    containing many mountains


  1. mountainousadjective

    Having many mountains; rough (terrain); rocky.

  2. mountainousadjective

    Resembling a mountain, especially in size.

  3. mountainousadjective

    Very difficult.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mountainousadjective

    Etymology: from mountain.

    The ascent of the land from the sea to the foot of the mountains, and the height of the mountains from the bottom to the top, are to be computed, when you measure the height of a mountain, or of a mountainous land, in respect of the sea. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    What custom wills in all things, shou’d we do’t,
    Mountainous error wou’d be too highly heapt
    For truth to o’erpeer. William Shakespeare.

    On earth, in air, amidst the seas and skies,
    Mountainous heaps of wonders rise;
    Whose tow’ring strength will ne’er submit
    To reason’s batteries, or the mines of wit. Matthew Prior.

    In destructions by deluge and earthquake, the remnant which hap to be reserved are ignorant and mountainous people, that can give no account of the time past. Francis Bacon, Essays.


  1. mountainous

    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).


  1. mountainous

    Mountainous refers to a region or area that is characterized by having numerous or significant mountains or mountain ranges, often featuring rugged, steep terrain, and high altitudes. It generally implies that a large part of the land is high above sea level.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mountainousadjective

    full of, or containing, mountains; as, the mountainous country of the Swiss

  2. Mountainousadjective

    inhabiting mountains

  3. Mountainousadjective

    large as, or resembling, a mountain; huge; of great bulk; as, a mountainous heap

  4. Etymology: [F. montagneux, L. montaniosus.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mountainous in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mountainous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of mountainous in a Sentence

  1. Baz Mohammad Sarwari:

    Unfortunately, our initial reports show that 22 people, including women and children, have been killed and four others injured, the Mujahideen have reached to some of the affected areas, but Badghis is a mountainous province, the number of casualties might go up.

  2. Ramiz Alakbarov:

    Our teams do not have specific equipment to take people from under the rubble, this has to rely mostly on the efforts of the de facto authorities, which also have certain limitations in that respect... I don't have the detailed reports of how well positioned they are to operate and deploy such machinery to these mountainous areas.

  3. Adam Twidell:

    Flying into Saba is extraordinary, you approach the mountainous island towering out of the sea, to see an impossibly tiny runway appear perched on a cliff.

  4. The NHC:

    These rains may cause flash flooding and mudslides, especially in mountainous areas.

  5. Chen Chunyan:

    Continued high temperature has accelerated glacial melting in mountainous areas, and caused natural disasters such as flash floods, mudslides, and landslides in many places.

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