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
They seemed like a permanent part of the mindscape, the way mountains or rivers are part of the physical world.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Hitchcock was our mountains and our rivers, curled permanently into our brainpans.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So, Schmidt followed the gold rush to the El Paso mountains and claimed an area of mining land.
Aside from producing odors and mountains of trash, they increasingly produce power.
These agricultural pests migrate in mid-summer to the Rocky Mountains from Kansas and Nebraska to beat the heat.
Under so many savage blows, the labouring mountains brought forth Turks.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
The volcanic eruptions of the mountains on the west broke down its barriers, and let its waters flow.
On a small scale map, in an office, you may make mole-hills of mountains; on the ground there's no escaping from its features.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
At his sight shall the mountains be shaken, and at his will the south wind shall blow.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
And it shall devour the mountains, and burn the wilderness, and consume all that is green as with fire.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
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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