[ mound ]
/ maʊnd /


verb (used with object)

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

Nearby words

  1. moult,
  2. moultrie,
  3. moultrie, fort,
  4. moultrie, william,
  5. moulvi,
  6. mound bird,
  7. mound builder,
  8. mound builders,
  9. mound-builder,
  10. moundbird

Origin of mound

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mounding

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

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

  • 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


/ (maʊnd) /



(often foll by up) to gather into a mound; heap
(tr) to cover or surround with a moundto mound a grave
Related formsRelated adjective: tumular

Word Origin for mound

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


/ (maʊnd) /


heraldry a rare word for orb (def. 1)

Word Origin for mound

C13 (meaning: world, C16: orb): from French monde, from Latin mundus world

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Word Origin and History for mounding
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Medicine definitions for mounding


[ moundĭng ]



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