seated or riding on a horse or other animal.
serving on horseback or on some special mount, as soldiers or police.
Military. (formerly) permanently equipped with horses or vehicles for transport.Compare mobile(def 4).
having or set in a mounting: mounted gems.
put into position for use, as guns.

Nearby words

  1. mountainside,
  2. mountaintop,
  3. mountainy,
  4. mountbatten,
  5. mountebank,
  6. mounter,
  7. mountie,
  8. mounting,
  9. mounting-block,
  10. mountlake terrace

Origin of mounted

First recorded in 1575–85; mount1 + -ed2

Related formsun·mount·ed, adjectivewell-mount·ed, adjective



verb (used with object)

to go up; climb; ascend: to mount stairs.
to get up on (a platform, a horse, etc.).
to set or place at an elevation: to mount a house on stilts.
to furnish with a horse or other animal for riding.
to set or place (a person) on horseback.
to organize, as an army.
to prepare and launch, as an attack or a campaign.
to raise or put into position for use, as a gun.
(of a fortress or warship) to have or carry (guns) in position for use.
to go or put on guard, as a sentry or watch.
to attach to or fix on or in a support, backing, setting, etc.: to mount a photograph; to mount a diamond in a ring.
to arrange for display: to mount a museum exhibit.
to provide (a play, musical comedy, opera, etc.) with scenery, costumes, and other equipment for production.
to prepare (an animal body or skeleton) as a specimen.
(of a male animal) to climb upon (a female) for copulation.
  1. to prepare (a slide) for microscopic investigation.
  2. to prepare (a sample) for examination by a microscope, as by placing it on a slide.

verb (used without object)

to increase in amount or intensity (often followed by up): The cost of all those small purchases mounts up.
to get up on the back of a horse or other animal for riding.
to rise or go to a higher position, level, degree, etc.; ascend.
to get up on something, as a platform.


the act or a manner of mounting.
a horse, other animal, or sometimes a vehicle, as a bicycle, used, provided, or available for riding.
an act or occasion of riding a horse, especially in a race.
a support, backing, setting, or the like, on or in which something is, or is to be, mounted or fixed.
an ornamental metal piece applied to a piece of wooden furniture.
Microscopy. a prepared slide.
a distinctive metal feature on a sheath or scabbard, as a locket or chape.
Philately. hinge(def 4).
Printing. a wooden or metal block to which a plate is secured for printing.

Origin of mount

1300–50; Middle English mounten < Old French munter, monter < Vulgar Latin *montāre, derivative of Latin mont- (stem of mōns) mount2

1. scale. See climb. 19. soar. 22. steed, charger, palfrey.

Related formsmount·a·ble, adjectivemount·less, adjectiveun·mount·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mounted

British Dictionary definitions for mounted



equipped with or riding horsesmounted police
provided with a support, backing, etc




to go up (a hill, stairs, etc); climb
to get up on (a horse, a platform, etc)
(intr often foll by up) io increase; accumulateexcitement mounted
(tr) to fix onto a backing, setting, or supportto mount a photograph; to mount a slide
(tr) to provide with a horse for riding, or to place on a horse
(of male animals) to climb onto (a female animal) for copulation
(tr) to prepare (a play, musical comedy, etc) for production
(tr) to plan and organize (a compaign, an exhibition, etc)
(tr) military to prepare or launch (an operation)the Allies mounted an offensive
(tr) to prepare (a skeleton, dead animal, etc) for exhibition as a specimen
(tr) to place or carry (weapons) in such a position that they can be fired
mount guard See guard (def. 26)


a backing, setting, or support onto which something is fixed
the act or manner of mounting
a horse for riding
a slide used in microscopy
  1. a small transparent pocket in an album for a postage stamp
  2. another word for hinge (def. 5)
Derived Formsmountable, adjectivemounter, noun

Word Origin for mount

C16: from Old French munter, from Vulgar Latin montāre (unattested) from Latin mons mount ²




a mountain or hill: used in literature and (when cap.) in proper namesMount Everest
(in palmistry) any of the seven cushions of flesh on the palm of the hand

Word Origin for mount

Old English munt, from Latin mons mountain, but influenced in Middle English by Old French mont

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Word Origin and History for mounted
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Medicine definitions for mounted




To prepare a specimen for microscopic examination, especially by positioning on a slide.

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