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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)
  1. to form into a mound; heap up.
  2. to furnish with a mound of earth, as for a defense.

Origin of mound1

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 formsun·mound·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for mounding

Historical Examples

  • Butter circles of white bread, and spread with the chicken, mounding it in the center.

    Better Meals for Less Money

    Mary Green

  • They were laid directly on the ground, with muzzles elevated by mounding up the earth.

  • Wedging, by billets of wood between her sides and the mounding ice, was equally ineffectual.

  • Usually the mounding is not performed until the shoots have made one season's growth.

    The Apple-Tree

    L. H. Bailey


British Dictionary definitions for mounding

mound1

noun
  1. a raised mass of earth, debris, etc
  2. any heap or pilea mound of washing
  3. a small natural hill
  4. archaeol another word for barrow 2
  5. an artificial ridge of earth, stone, etc, as used for defence
verb
  1. (often foll by up) to gather into a mound; heap
  2. (tr) to cover or surround with a moundto mound a grave
Related formsRelated adjective: tumular

Word Origin

C16: earthwork, perhaps from Old English mund hand, hence defence: compare Middle Dutch mond protection

mound2

noun
  1. heraldry a rare word for orb (def. 1)

Word Origin

C13 (meaning: world, C16: orb): from French monde, from Latin mundus world
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Word Origin and History for mounding

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.

mound

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mounding in Medicine

mounding

([object Object])
n.
  1. myoedema

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