Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mound or hillock of earth, leaves, twigs, and other substances, formed by a colony of ants for or in the process of constructing their habitation. The ant-hills erected by the termites, or white ants, are among the most extraordinary examples of insect architecture. They are in the form of pyramids or cones of earth, sometimes 10 or 12 feet high, baked in the sun to remarkable hardness and consistency. See
- n. A mound-shaped nest built or inhabited by ants or termites.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A mound thrown up by ants or by termites in forming their nests.
- n. a mound of earth made by ants as they dig their nest
“So we get the crystal instead of the cell; the ant-hill instead of brotherhood.”
“Frankly, the world is watching these ant-hill antics surrounding health care reform with wonder.”
“The Googly-eyed newbies working in the Google ant-hill can not be trusted.”
“Not all the stares were hostile—there were plenty who watched us closely, neutrally, like little kids watching an ant-hill, placing bets on which insects would wander off and fry in the sun.”
“This old faubourg, peopled like an ant-hill, laborious, courageous, and angry as a hive of bees, was quivering with expectation and with the desire for a tumult.”
“A bit of mould is a pleiad of flowers; a nebula is an ant-hill of stars.”
“Without The Life Divine the project is just an ant-hill.”
“We have necessary desires, necessary passions, and necessary laws for the restraint of both; and while on this our ant-hill, during the little day of our existence, we are engaged in eager and destructive contest about a straw, the universe moves on in its majestic course, directed by eternal and unalterable laws, which comprehend in their operation the atom that we call the earth.”
“They reply: We must presume, then, that it is in favor of all mankind; for it is impossible to conceive that the divine nature should occupy itself only about a few men in particular, and not for the whole human race; and even the whole human race itself is a very small concern; it is less than a small ant-hill, in comparison with all the beings inhabiting immensity.”
“This almost imperceptible ant-hill could not be crushed by the royal demon of the South, and the monarch of two worlds, nor by the intrigues of the Vatican, which put in motion one-half of Europe.”
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