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  1. a natural elevation of the earth's surface, smaller than a mountain.

  2. an incline, especially in a road: This old jalopy won't make it up the next hill.

  1. an artificial heap, pile, or mound: a hill made by ants.

  2. a small mound of earth raised about a cultivated plant or a cluster of such plants.

  3. the plant or plants so surrounded: a hill of potatoes.

  4. Baseball. mound1 (def. 4).

  5. the Hill. Capitol Hill.

verb (used with object)
  1. to surround with hills: to hill potatoes.

  2. to form into a hill or heap.

Idioms about hill

  1. go over the hill, Slang.

    • to break out of prison.

    • to absent oneself without leave from one's military unit.

    • to leave suddenly or mysteriously: Rumor has it that her husband has gone over the hill.

  2. over the hill,

    • relatively advanced in age.

    • past one's prime.

Origin of hill

before 1000; Middle English; Old English hyll; cognate with Middle Dutch hille,Latin collis hill; compare Latin culmen top, peak (see column, culminate), celsus lofty, very high, Gothic hallus rock, Lithuanian kálnas mountain, Greek kolōnós hill, kolophṓn summit (see colophon)

Other words for hill

Opposites for hill

Other words from hill

  • hiller, noun
  • un·der·hill, noun

Words Nearby hill

Other definitions for Hill (2 of 2)

[ hil ]

  1. Ambrose Pow·ell [pou-uhl], /ˈpaʊ əl/, 1825–65, Confederate general in the U.S. Civil War.

  2. Archibald Viv·i·an [viv-ee-uhn], /ˈvɪv i ən/, 1886–1977, English physiologist: Nobel Prize in Medicine 1922.

  1. James Jerome, 1838–1916, U.S. railroad builder and financier, born in Canada.

  2. Joe, 1879–1915, U.S. labor organizer and songwriter, born in Sweden.

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How to use hill in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hill (1 of 2)


/ (hɪl) /

    • a conspicuous and often rounded natural elevation of the earth's surface, less high or craggy than a mountain

    • (in combination): a hillside; a hilltop

    • a heap or mound made by a person or animal

    • (in combination): a dunghill

  1. an incline; slope

  2. over the hill

    • informal beyond one's prime

    • military slang absent without leave or deserting

  3. up hill and down dale strenuously and persistently

  1. to form into a hill or mound

  2. to cover or surround with a mound or heap of earth

Origin of hill

Old English hyll; related to Old Frisian holla head, Latin collis hill, Low German hull hill

Derived forms of hill

  • hiller, noun
  • hilly, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for Hill (2 of 2)


/ (hɪl) /

  1. Archibald Vivian. 1886–1977, British biochemist, noted for his research into heat loss in muscle contraction: shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine (1922)

  2. Damon Graham Devereux, son of Graham Hill. born 1960, British motor-racing driver; Formula One world champion (1996)

  1. David Octavius 1802–70, Scottish painter and portrait photographer, noted esp for his collaboration with the chemist Robert Adamson (1821–48)

  2. Sir Geoffrey (William). born 1932, British poet: his books include King Log (1968), Mercian Hymns (1971), The Mystery of the Charity of Charles Péguy (1983), and The Orchards of Syon (2002)

  3. Graham. 1929–75, British motor-racing driver: world champion (1962, 1968)

  4. Octavia. 1838–1912, British housing reformer; a founder of the National Trust

  5. Sir Rowland. 1795–1879, British originator of the penny postage

  6. Susan (Elizabeth). born 1942, British novelist and writer of short stories: her books include I'm the King of the Castle (1970) The Woman in Black (1983), and Felix Derby (2002)

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Other Idioms and Phrases with hill


see downhill all the way; go downhill; head for (the hills); make a mountain out of a molehill; not worth a dime (hill of beans); old as Adam (the hills); over the hill.

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