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

  • n. A natural elevation of the earth's surface having considerable mass, generally steep sides, and a height greater than that of a hill.
  • n. A large heap: a mountain of laundry.
  • n. A huge quantity: a mountain of trouble.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large mass of earth and rock, rising above the common level of the earth or adjacent land, usually given by geographers as above 1000 feet in height (or 304.8 metres), though such masses may still be described as hills in comparison with larger mountains.
  • n. A large amount.
  • n. A difficult task or challenge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a mountain or mountains; growing or living on a mountain; found on or peculiar to mountains; among mountains
  • adj. Like a mountain; mountainous; vast; very great.
  • n. A large mass of earth and rock, rising above the common level of the earth or adjacent land; earth and rock forming an isolated peak or a ridge; an eminence higher than a hill; a mount.
  • n. A range, chain, or group of such elevations.
  • n. A mountainlike mass; something of great bulk; a large quantity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An elevation of land of considerable dimensions rising more or less abruptly above the surrounding or adjacent region.
  • n. Something resembling a mountain in being large; something of extraordinary magnitude; a great heap: as, a mountain of rubbish.
  • n. A wine made from grapes grown on high ground. See II., 2.
  • Of or pertaining to mountains; found on mountains; growing or living on a mountain: as, mountain air; mountain pines; mountain goats.
  • Produced from vines growing on the slopes of a mountain, a hill, or any high ground: as, mountain wine.
  • Like a mountain in size; vast; mighty.

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

  • n. a land mass that projects well above its surroundings; higher than a hill
  • n. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent


Middle English mountaine, from Old French montaigne, muntaigne, from Vulgar Latin *montānea, from feminine of *montāneus, of a mountain, from Latin montānus, from mōns, mont-, mountain; see men-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman muntaine, from Vulgar Latin *montānea, feminine of *montāneus (“mountainous”), alteration of Latin montānus, from mōns, from Proto-Indo-European *monti (compare Welsh mynydd ("mountain"), Albanian mat ("bank, shore"), Avestan  (mati, "promontory")), from Proto-Indo-European *men- (“to project, stick out”). More at menace. (Wiktionary)



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  • When society speaks, all men listen.
    When the mountains speak, wise men listen.

    John Muir

    May 4, 2008

  • I am the mountain;
    You, the cooling mist.

    Blurring my boundaries
    I can hide in you.

    I am strong and rooted;
    You are glowing...pliant...ethereal.

    You are beauty to me.
    You are joy...

    And pain.

    May 4, 2008