- a natural elevation of earth; a hillock or knoll.
- an artificial elevation of earth, as for a defense work or a dam or barrier; an embankment.
- a heap or raised mass: a mound of papers; a mound of hay.
- Baseball. the slightly raised ground from which the pitcher delivers the ball.See also rubber1(def 14).
- an elevation formed of earth, sand, stones, etc., especially over a grave or ruins.
- a tumulus or other raised work of earth dating from a prehistoric or long-past period.
- to form into a mound; heap up.
- to furnish with a mound of earth, as for a defense.
Origin of mound1
Examples from the Web for mounding
Butter circles of white bread, and spread with the chicken, mounding it in the center.Better Meals for Less Money
They were laid directly on the ground, with muzzles elevated by mounding up the earth.Artillery Through the Ages
Wedging, by billets of wood between her sides and the mounding ice, was equally ineffectual.Adrift in the Arctic Ice Pack
Elisha Kent Kane
Usually the mounding is not performed until the shoots have made one season's growth.The Apple-Tree
L. H. Bailey
- a raised mass of earth, debris, etc
- any heap or pilea mound of washing
- a small natural hill
- archaeol another word for barrow 2
- an artificial ridge of earth, stone, etc, as used for defence
- (often foll by up) to gather into a mound; heap
- (tr) to cover or surround with a moundto mound a grave
- heraldry a rare word for orb (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for mounding
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.