Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A well-defined natural elevation smaller than a mountain.
  • n. A small heap, pile, or mound.
  • n. A mound of earth piled around and over a plant.
  • n. A plant thus covered.
  • n. An incline, especially of a road; a slope.
  • n. Capitol Hill. Often used with the.
  • n. The U.S. Congress. Often used with the.
  • transitive v. To form into a hill, pile, or heap.
  • transitive v. To cover (a plant) with a mound of soil.
  • idiom over the hill Informal Past one's prime.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An elevated location smaller than a mountain.
  • n. A sloping road.
  • n. A heap of earth surrounding a plant.
  • n. The pitcher’s mound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A natural elevation of land, or a mass of earth rising above the common level of the surrounding land; an eminence less than a mountain.
  • n. The earth raised about the roots of a plant or cluster of plants. [U. S.] See Hill, v. t.
  • n. A single cluster or group of plants growing close together, and having the earth heaped up about them.
  • transitive v. To surround with earth; to heap or draw earth around or upon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To form small hills or heaps of earth around; form into hills or heaps: as, to hill corn; to hill the ground.
  • To heap; accumulate.
  • To form into a heap; gather.
  • To cover.
  • To pour out.
  • To assemble on rising ground.
  • n. A conspicuous natural elevation of the earth's surface; a natural eminence of indefinite height, usually rounded or conical.
  • n. A heap; a hillock; a pile: as, a dunghill; an ant-hill; a mole-hill.
  • n. A little mound raised about a cluster of cultivated plants: as, a hill of maize or potatoes.
  • n. In heraldry, the representation of a hill, usually green when only one is used.
  • n. The cluster of plants in a hill.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. risque English comedian (1925-1992)
  • n. a local and well-defined elevation of the land
  • n. (baseball) the slight elevation on which the pitcher stands
  • n. United States railroad tycoon (1838-1916)
  • v. form into a hill
  • n. structure consisting of an artificial heap or bank usually of earth or stones

Etymologies

Middle English hil, from Old English hyll; see kel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English hyll ("hill"), from Proto-Germanic *hulliz (“stone, rock”), from Proto-Indo-European *kolən-, *koləm- (“top, hill, rock”). Cognate with Middle Dutch hille, hulle ("hill"), Low German hull ("hill"), Icelandic hóll ("hill"), Latin collis ("hill"), Lithuanian kalnas, Albanian kallumë ("big pile, tall heap"), Old English holm ("rising land, island"). More at holm. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Poster2: * Runs up the hill, tosses a ball past Poster1 and watches Poster1 run down the hill* then he/she states "My hill!"

    Wrong Planet Asperger / Autism Forums

  • THOUSANDS of sheep, soft-footed, black-nosed sheep—one by one going up the hill and over the fence—one by one four-footed pattering up and over—one by one wiggling their stub tails as they take the short jump and go over—one by one silently unless for the multitudinous drumming of their hoofs as they move on and go over—thousands and thousands of them in the grey haze of evening just after sundown—one by one slanting in a long line to pass over the hill—

    Sheep

  • Finding the path up the hill is the only difficult point on the hike.

    Peace and beauty - roaming the hills around Morelia

  • Also with Dave you would listen just to see how bad and over the hill is actually is.

    David Lee Roth: Amtrak FM « BuzzMachine

  • JERAS: I'm looking at a map as we speak trying to find it, but I'm not sure how far away it is from San Antonio proper, but you know, if you get up to the north and west of the San Antonio area, you get into what they call the hill country, and so, that's in higher elevation.

    CNN Transcript Jul 21, 2007

  • They would miss the Fiesta of the Virgen de Guadalupe, where the church high on the hill is the centrepiece.

    San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas

  • Down the hill is a nonpareil collection of Eskimo, Tlingit, Haida, and other native art at the Alaska

    Scaling Alaska's Heights

  • On the crest of the hill is the rye, cut high on its blooming stem:

    Songs of Ukraina, With Ruthenian Poems

  • Half way up the hill is an entrance, almost hidden by moss and other creeping foliage, which leads into a cave.

    Six Months in Mexico

  • About the Middle of the hill is a broad Grass walk railed in and enters into a Dineing roome.

    Through England on a Side Saddle in the Time of William and Mary

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  • My house backs against the hill's foot where it descends from the town to the river. Wendell Berry "A Native Hill"

    July 19, 2008