Mound Mound, n. [OE. mound, mund, protection, AS. mund protection, hand; akin to OHG. munt, Icel. mund hand, and prob. to L. manus. See {Manual}.] An artificial hill or elevation of earth; a raised bank; an embarkment thrown up for defense; a bulwark; a rampart; also, a natural elevation appearing as if thrown up artificially; a regular and isolated hill, hillock, or knoll. [1913 Webster]

To thrid the thickets or to leap the mounds. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Mound bird}. (Zo["o]l.) See {moundbird} in the vocabulary.

{Mound builders} (Ethnol.), the tribe, or tribes, of North American aborigines who built, in former times, extensive mounds of earth, esp. in the valleys of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Formerly they were supposed to have preceded the Indians, but later investigations go to show that they were, in general, identical with the tribes that occupied the country when discovered by Europeans.

{Mound maker} (Zo["o]l.), any one of the {megapodes}. See also {moundbird} in the vocabulary.

{Shell mound}, a mound of refuse shells, collected by aborigines who subsisted largely on shellfish. See {Midden}, and {Kitchen middens}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • mound — [maund] n 1.) a pile of earth or stones that looks like a small hill ▪ an ancient burial mound mound of ▪ a small mound of dirt 2.) a large pile of something mound of ▪ There s a mound of papers on my desk. ▪ The waiter appeared with a huge mound …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Mound — Mound, LA U.S. village in Louisiana Population (2000): 12 Housing Units (2000): 5 Land area (2000): 0.243460 sq. miles (0.630559 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.243460 sq. miles (0.630559 sq.… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • mound — [ maund; mund ] n. m. • 1875; mot angl. « tertre » ♦ Archéol. Monument de l Amérique précolombienne (bassin du Mississippi) constitué par un tertre artificiel. ⇒ tumulus. ⇒MOUND, subst. masc. ARCHÉOL. Tertre artificiel d Amérique du Nord… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • mound — mound1 [mound] n. [prob. < MDu mond, protection, akin to ON mund, hand: see MANUAL] 1. a heap or bank of earth, sand, etc. built over a grave, in a fortification, etc. 2. a natural elevation like this; small hill 3. any heap or pile 4.… …   English World dictionary

  • Mound — (mound), n. [F. monde the world, L. mundus. See {Mundane}.] A ball or globe forming part of the regalia of an emperor or other sovereign. It is encircled with bands, enriched with precious stones, and surmounted with a cross; called also {globe} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mound — Mound, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mounded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mounding}.] To fortify or inclose with a mound. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mound — 〈[maʊnd] m. 6〉 Erdhügel im vorkolumbianischen Amerika, Tempel od. Grabhügel [engl.] * * * Mound [maʊnd], der; s, s [engl. mound, H. u.] (Völkerk.): vorgeschichtlicher indianischer Erdwall als Grabhügel, Verteidigungsanlage od. Kultstätte …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Mound — [maund] der; s, s <aus gleichbed. engl. mound, Herkunft ungeklärt> vorgeschichtlicher Grabhügel, Verteidigungsanlage u. Kultstätte in Nordamerika …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • mound — [ maund ] noun count 1. ) a small hill, especially one that has been made by people a ) the small hill where the PITCHER stands to throw the ball in baseball 2. ) a pile of something such as earth or stones a ) an amount of something in a pile: a …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mound — ► NOUN 1) a raised mass of earth or other compacted material. 2) a small hill. 3) a heap or pile. ► VERB ▪ heap up into a mound. ORIGIN originally in the sense boundary hedge or fence : of obscure origin …   English terms dictionary

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