If the earth is mounded around the box, barrel or pit, surface water cannot run in.
My shelters are going to be mounded up eight feet above the ground.
Approaching the Orkneys from Thurso the first things that struck us were certain great structures crowning the mounded hills.
The blankets were mounded on the bed as if they'd been pulled over Bryant's big body.
Its mounded solidity made its rapid motion look strange and terrible.
But may I be dead, and the earth be mounded above me, ere I hear thy cry and the tale of thy captivity.'
Banks of moveless cloud hung about the horizon, mounded to the west, where slept the wind.
The Kaiser, had he known of the exhausted ammunition and the mounded dead, could have walked unarmed to the Channel.
His bleached blue eyes shut to slits as he watched the rear car in its smoke-blur ooze away westward among the mounded bluffs.
Just back of the mounded earth, the reserves were sleeping in the mud of the road, and on the wet bank of the ditch.
1550s, "hedge, fence," also "embankment, dam" (a sense probably influenced by mount (n.)). The relationship between the noun and the verb is uncertain. Commonly supposed to be from Old English mund "hand, protection, guardianship" (cognate with Latin manus), but this is not certain (OED discounts it on grounds of sense). Perhaps a confusion of the native word and Middle Dutch mond "protection," used in military sense for fortifications of various types, including earthworks. From 1726 as "artificial elevation" (as over a grave); 1810 as "natural low elevation." As the place where the pitcher stands on a baseball field, from 1912.
1510s, "to enclose with a fence;" c.1600 as "to enclose with an embankment;" see mound (n.). From 1859 as "to heap up." Related: Mounded; mounding.