the act of a person or thing that mounts.
something that serves as a mount, support, setting, or the like: a new mounting for an heirloom jewel.

Origin of mounting

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at mount1, -ing1
Related formsun·mount·ing, 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
Related formsmount·a·ble, adjectivemount·less, adjectiveun·mount·a·ble, adjective

Synonyms for mount

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

Antonyms for mount

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

Examples from the Web for mounting

Contemporary Examples of mounting

Historical Examples of mounting

  • They ordered their ponies and, mounting, rode behind us under escort.

  • Mounting the front steps, she drew forth the key, and put it in the door.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • The man Eccles shut the door, mounting the box beside the driver.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • On mounting the steps at the Thtre Franais I trod on a lady's dress.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Dignified firmness had been the line I intended, but my rage was mounting.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for mounting



another word for mount 1 (def. 13)




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 mounting



c.1300, "to mount a horse;" mid-14c., "to rise up, ascend; fly," from Old French monter "to go up, ascend, climb, mount," from Vulgar Latin *montare, from Latin mons (genitive montis) "mountain" (see mount (n.)). Meaning "to set or place in position" first recorded 1530s. Sense of "to get up on for purposes of copulation" is from 1590s. Related: Mounted; mounting.



"hill, mountain," mid-13c., from Anglo-French mount, Old French mont "mountain;" also perhaps partly from Old English munt "mountain;" both the Old English and the French words from Latin montem (nominative mons) "mountain," from PIE root *men- "to stand out, project" (cf. Latin eminere "to stand out;" Sanskrit manya "nape of the neck," Latin monile "necklace;" Old Irish muin "neck," Welsh mwnwgl "neck," mwng "mane;" Welsh mynydd "mountain").



"that on which something is mounted," 1739, from mount (v.). The colloquial meaning "a horse for riding" is first recorded 1856.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for mounting




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