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mound1

[mound] /maʊnd/
noun
1.
a natural elevation of earth; a hillock or knoll.
2.
an artificial elevation of earth, as for a defense work or a dam or barrier; an embankment.
3.
a heap or raised mass:
a mound of papers; a mound of hay.
4.
Baseball. the slightly raised ground from which the pitcher delivers the ball.
See also rubber1 (def 14).
5.
an elevation formed of earth, sand, stones, etc., especially over a grave or ruins.
6.
a tumulus or other raised work of earth dating from a prehistoric or long-past period.
verb (used with object)
7.
to form into a mound; heap up.
8.
to furnish with a mound of earth, as for a defense.
Origin of mound1
1505-1515
1505-15; earlier: hedge or fence used as a boundary or protection, (v.) to enclose with a fence; compare Old English mund hand, hence protection, protector; cognate with Old Norse mund, Middle Dutch mond protection
Related forms
unmounded, adjective
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Examples from the Web for mounded
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  • If the earth is mounded around the box, barrel or pit, surface water cannot run in.

    Every Step in Canning Grace Viall Gray
  • My shelters are going to be mounded up eight feet above the ground.

    Oomphel in the Sky Henry Beam Piper
  • 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.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • 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.'

    The Red Book of Heroes Leonora Blanche Lang
  • 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.

    A Straight Deal Owen Wister
  • His bleached blue eyes shut to slits as he watched the rear car in its smoke-blur ooze away westward among the mounded bluffs.

    The Virginian Owen Wister
  • Just back of the mounded earth, the reserves were sleeping in the mud of the road, and on the wet bank of the ditch.

    Young Hilda at the Wars Arthur Gleason
British Dictionary definitions for mounded

mound1

/maʊnd/
noun
1.
a raised mass of earth, debris, etc
2.
any heap or pile: a mound of washing
3.
a small natural hill
4.
(archaeol) another word for barrow2
5.
an artificial ridge of earth, stone, etc, as used for defence
verb
6.
(often foll by up) to gather into a mound; heap
7.
(transitive) to cover or surround with a mound: to mound a grave
related
adjective tumular
Word Origin
C16: earthwork, perhaps from Old English mund hand, hence defence: compare Middle Dutch mond protection

mound2

/maʊnd/
noun
1.
(heraldry) a rare word for orb (sense 1)
Word Origin
C13 (meaning: world, C16: orb): from French monde, from Latin mundus world
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Word Origin and History for mounded

mound

n.

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.

v.

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.

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