a natural elevation of the earth's surface rising more or less abruptly to a summit, and attaining an altitude greater than that of a hill, usually greater than 2,000 feet (610 meters).
a large mass of something resembling this, as in shape or size.
a huge amount: a mountain of incoming mail.
(initial capital letter) a steam locomotive having a four-wheeled front truck, eight driving wheels, and a two-wheeled rear truck.
Also called mountain wine .British Archaic. a sweet Malaga wine.
of or relating to mountains: mountain air.
living, growing, or located in the mountains: mountain people.
resembling or suggesting a mountain, as in size.
Idioms about mountain
- moun·tain·less, adjective
- sub·moun·tain, adjective
- un·der·moun·tain, noun
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How to use mountain in a sentence
At the moment, you are racing against three other riders up one of the mountains.
They lowered the price of gasoline, charging less than the station at the bottom of the mountain and less than the stations up in Shaver.
At the park’s eastern Rincon mountain District, mountain bikers will find a section of singletrack that links to more than 800 miles of dirt riding along the Arizona Trail.
Crack a cold one after a race, a hard session, or a long day in the mountains.
That was a big part of why we wanted to defend our side of the mountain.
Then they came up against a police patrol on mountain bicycles, which again led to more shooting, without injuries.
Also in Germany, he made The mountain Eagle, which was set, Hitchcock recalled, “in Old Kentucky, wherever that might be.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Cadets mimicked his commands, which he issued in drawn-out syllables in his high-pitched, mountain-inflected voice.
There were rumors that Schmidt was motivated by buried treasure or another secret of the mountain, but they were never proven.
Then, he set to work building a shortcut that would take the minable minerals he found through the mountain.
We had now approached closely to the foot of the mountain-ranges, and their lofty summits were high above us in mid-air.
The jagged top and spurs of San Jacinto mountain shone like the turrets and posterns of a citadel built of rubies.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
These residents then killed the parish priest, and without arms fled for safety to the mountain ravines.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
We came down the rest of the mountain more carefully, though still a great deal too fast.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
A short distance off was another ridge or spur of the mountain, widening out into almost a plateau.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for mountain (1 of 2)
a natural upward projection of the earth's surface, higher and steeper than a hill and often having a rocky summit
(as modifier): mountain people; mountain scenery
(in combination): a mountaintop
a huge heap or mass: a mountain of papers
anything of great quantity or size
a surplus of a commodity, esp in the European Union: the butter mountain
a mountain to climb British informal a serious or considerable difficulty or obstruction to overcome
make a mountain out of a molehill See molehill (def. 2)
British Dictionary definitions for Mountain (2 of 2)
the Mountain an extremist faction during the French Revolution led by Danton and Robespierre
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Scientific definitions for mountain
A generally massive and usually steep-sided, raised portion of the Earth's surface. Mountains can occur as single peaks or as part of a long chain. They can form through volcanic activity, by erosion, or by uplift of the continental crust when two tectonic plates collide. The Himalayas, which are the highest mountains in the world, were formed when the plate carrying the landmass of India collided with the plate carrying the landmass of China.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with mountain
see if the mountain won't come to Muhammad; make a mountain out of a molehill.
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