from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To climb or ascend.
  • intransitive verb To place oneself upon; get up on.
  • intransitive verb To climb onto (a female) for copulation. Used of male animals.
  • intransitive verb To furnish with a horse for riding.
  • intransitive verb To set on a horse.
  • intransitive verb To set in a raised position.
  • intransitive verb To fix securely to a support.
  • intransitive verb To place or fix on or in the appropriate support or setting for display or study.
  • intransitive verb To provide with scenery, costumes, and other equipment necessary for production.
  • intransitive verb To organize and equip.
  • intransitive verb To prepare and set in motion.
  • intransitive verb To set in position for use.
  • intransitive verb To carry as equipment.
  • intransitive verb To post (a guard).
  • intransitive verb To go upward; rise.
  • intransitive verb To get up on something, as a horse or bicycle.
  • intransitive verb To increase in amount, extent, or intensity: synonym: rise.
  • noun The act or manner of mounting.
  • noun A means of conveyance, such as a horse, on which to ride.
  • noun An opportunity to ride a horse in a race.
  • noun An object to which another is affixed or on which another is placed for accessibility, display, or use, especially.
  • noun A glass slide for use with a microscope.
  • noun A hinge used to fasten stamps in an album.
  • noun A setting for a jewel.
  • noun An undercarriage or stand on which a device rests while in service.
  • noun A mountain or hill. Used especially as part of a proper name.
  • noun Any of the seven fleshy cushions around the edges of the palm of the hand in palmistry.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To rise from, or as from, a lower to a higher position; ascend; soar: with or without up.
  • Specifically, to get on horseback: as, to mount and ride away.
  • To amount; aggregate: often with up: as, the expenses mount up.
  • To raise from, or as if from, a lower to a higher place; exalt; lift on high.
  • To get upon; place or seat one's self upon, as that which is higher; ascend; reach; climb: as, to mount a horse; to mount a throne.
  • To set on horseback; furnish with a horse or horses for riding: as, the groom mounted the lad on a pony; also, to seat in a coach or the like conveyance.
  • To place in suitable position with adjustment of parts, so as to render available for use: as, to mount a cannon; to mount a loom.
  • Specifically
  • To prepare for representation or exhibition by furnishing and accompanying with appropriate appurtenances and accessories, as a stage-play or other spectacle.
  • To be equipped or furnished with; carry as equipment or armament: used specifically of anything that carries war material: as, the fort mounts fifty guns.
  • To put in shape for examination or exhibition by means of necessary or ornamental supports or accessories; furnish, fit up, or set with necessary or appropriate appurtenances: as, to mount a picture or a map; to mount objects for microscopic observation; to mount a sword-blade; to mount a jewel.
  • noun A trumpet signal for mounting.
  • noun An elevation of land, more or less isolated; a hill; a mountain: in this sense chiefly archaic or poetical, except before a proper name as the particular designation of some mountain or hill: as, Mount Etna; Mount Calvary.
  • noun A mound; a bulwark or breastwork for attack or defense.
  • noun In fortification, a cavalier. See cavalier, 5.
  • noun In heraldry, a bearing which occupies the base of the shield in the form of a green field curved convexly upward, except when the summit of the escutcheon is occupied by a tree or tower, in which case the mount merely slopes toward this. It is not necessary to mention its color, which is always vert.
  • noun In palmistry, a prominence or fleshy cushion in the palm of the hand.
  • noun That upon which anything is mounted or fixed for use, and by which it is supported and held in place.
  • noun The necessary frame, handle, or the like for any delicate object, as a fan.
  • noun The paper, silk, or other material forming the surface of a fan.


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

[Middle English mounten, from Old French monter, from Vulgar Latin *montāre, from Latin mōns, mont-, mountain; see men- in Indo-European roots.]

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

[Middle English mont, from Old English munt and from Old French mont, munt, both from Latin mōns, mont-; see men- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old English munt, from Latin mons ("a hill, mountain"), from a root seen also in ēmineō ("I project, I protrude") (English eminent).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English mounten, from Anglo-Norman mounter, from Old French monter, from Medieval Latin montare ("to mount; literally, go up hill"), from Latin mons ("a hill, mountain"); compare French monter.


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