Etymology: Middle English, from Old English munt & Anglo-French munt, mont, both from Latin mont-, mons; akin to Welsh mynydd mountain, Latin minari to project, threaten
Date: before 12th century
1. a high hill ; mountain — used especially before an identifying name <Mount Everest> 2. archaic earthwork 1 3. mound 2a(1) II. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French munter, monter, from Vulgar Latin *montare, from Latin mont-, mons Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. rise, ascend 2. to increase in amount or extent <expenses began to mount> 3. to get up on something above the level of the ground; especially to seat oneself (as on a horse) for riding transitive verb 1. a. to go up ; climb b. (1) to seat or place oneself on (2) to climb on top of for copulation 2. a. to lift up ; raise b. (1) to put or have (as artillery) in position (2) to have as equipment c. (1) to organize and equip (an attacking force) <mount an army> (2) to launch and carry out (as an assault or a campaign) 3. to set on something that elevates 4. a. to cause to get on a means of conveyance b. to furnish with animals for riding 5. to post or set up for defense or observation <mounted some guards> 6. a. to attach to a support b. to arrange or assemble for use or display 7. a. to prepare (as a specimen) for examination or display b. to prepare and supply with materials needed for performance or execution <mount an opera> • mountable adjective • mounter noun III. noun Date: 15th century 1. an act or instance of mounting; specifically an opportunity to ride a horse in a race 2. frame, support: as a. the material (as cardboard) on which a picture is mounted b. a jewelry setting c. (1) an undercarriage or part on which a device (as a motor or an artillery piece) rests in service (2) an attachment for an accessory d. a hinge, card, or acetate envelope for mounting a stamp e. a glass slide with its accessories on which objects are placed for examination with a microscope 3. a means of conveyance; especially saddle horse
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.