from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mound-shaped nest built or inhabited by ants or termites.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mound thrown up by ants or by termites in forming their nests.

from The 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.

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

  • n. a mound of earth made by ants as they dig their nest


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  • So we get the crystal instead of the cell; the ant-hill instead of brotherhood.

    World Wide Mind

  • Frankly, the world is watching these ant-hill antics surrounding health care reform with wonder.

    Landrieu to support health care reform bill

  • The Googly-eyed newbies working in the Google ant-hill can not be trusted.

    How Google Could Keep Yahoo From Microsoft - Bits Blog -

  • 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.

    Les Miserables

  • A bit of mould is a pleiad of flowers; a nebula is an ant-hill of stars.

    Les Miserables

  • Without The Life Divine the project is just an ant-hill.

    Charles Darwin and The Life Divine

  • 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.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • 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.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • 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.

    A Philosophical Dictionary


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