verb (used with object)
- 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.
- relatively advanced in age.
- past one's prime.
Origin of hill
Synonyms for hill
Antonyms for hill
Related Words for hillslope, ridge, dune, bluff, cliff, hillside, hilltop, highland, promontory, down, headland, stack, ascent, gradient, hillock, precipice, knoll, inclination, elevation, protuberance
Examples from the Web for hill
Contemporary Examples of hill
Johnson knew that the proposals he was going to send to the Hill would be divisive.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
But then the summit gives way to the other side of the hill, and a childlike glee arises from the whooooosh of the descent.Biking With the Bard
December 28, 2014
We drove back down the hill, and the driver let me out near the Prado.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
Shakur remains very much alive, along with Hill, Morales, LeBeef and the others.
“I have never felt guilty about that cop,” Hill was quoted saying.
Historical Examples of hill
Bivouacked on North-West side of hill, at a small water-hole.
The sides of this hill he covered with a layer of bricks that the sand might not be blown away.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
They all descended from the hill and came on slowly towards us.
We sighted the range and hill seen by my brother, and reached it at sundown.
This afternoon I took a round of angles and bearings from a pile of stones on the hill.
- 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
- informalbeyond one's prime
- military slangabsent without leave or deserting
Word Origin for hill
Old English hyll "hill," from Proto-Germanic *hulni- (cf. Middle Dutch hille, Low German hull "hill," Old Norse hallr "stone," Gothic hallus "rock," Old Norse holmr "islet in a bay," Old English holm "rising land, island"), from PIE root *kel- "to rise, be elevated, be prominent" (cf. Sanskrit kutam "top, skull;" Latin collis "hill," columna "projecting object," culmen "top, summit," cellere "raise," celsus "high;" Greek kolonos "hill," kolophon "summit;" Lithuanian kalnas "mountain," kalnelis "hill," kelti "raise"). Formerly including mountains, now usually confined to heights under 2,000 feet.
In Great Britain heights under 2,000 feet are generally called hills; 'mountain' being confined to the greater elevations of the Lake District, of North Wales, and of the Scottish Highlands; but, in India, ranges of 5,000 and even 10,000 feet are commonly called 'hills,' in contrast with the Himalaya Mountains, many peaks of which rise beyond 20,000 feet. [OED]
The term mountain is very loosely used. It commonly means any unusual elevation. In New England and central New York, elevations of from one to two thousand feet are called hills, but on the plains of Texas, a hill of a few hundred feet is called a mountain. [Ralph S. Tarr, "Elementary Geology," Macmillan, 1903]
Despite the differences in defining mountain systems, Penck (1896), Supan (1911) and Obst (1914) agreed that the distinction between hills, mountains, and mountain systems according to areal extent or height is not a suitable classification. ["Geographic Information Science and Mountain Geomorphology," 2004]
Phrase over the hill "past one's prime" is first recorded 1950.
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.