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

  • noun Something that serves as a support, setting, or backing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In heraldry, rising or climbing: applied to beasts of chase when they are represented in the position called rampant in case of a beast of prey. Compare mountant.
  • noun The act of rising or ascending; especially, the act of getting on horseback; ascent; soaring.
  • noun The act or art of setting stuffed skins of animals in a natural attitude; taxidermy.
  • noun That which serves to mount anything, as a sword-blade, a print, or a gem: see mount, verb, 7.
  • noun That which is or may be mounted for use or ornament: as, the mountings for an angler's rod.
  • noun Same as harness, 5.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of one that mounts.
  • noun That by which anything is prepared for use, or set off to advantage; equipment; embellishment; setting.
  • noun (Aëronautics) same as Carriage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective that continues to mount; steadily accumulating.
  • verb Present participle of mount.
  • noun Something mounted; an attachment

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

  • noun framework used for support or display
  • noun an event that involves rising to a higher point (as in altitude or temperature or intensity etc.)


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  • My two adjectival uses: 'The mounting anger led to fighting.' 'The mounting debt is causing huge problems.'

    August 23, 2011