• WordNet 3.6
    • v mound form into a rounded elevation "mound earth"
    • n mound the position on a baseball team of the player who throws the ball for a batter to try to hit "he has played every position except pitcher","they have a southpaw on the mound"
    • n mound structure consisting of an artificial heap or bank usually of earth or stones "they built small mounds to hide behind"
    • n mound (baseball) the slight elevation on which the pitcher stands
    • n mound a collection of objects laid on top of each other
    • n mound a small natural hill
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Australian termites have been known to build mounds twenty feet high and at least 100 feet wide.
    • n Mound mound A ball or globe forming part of the regalia of an emperor or other sovereign. It is encircled with bands, enriched with precious stones, and surmounted with a cross; -- called also globe.
    • n Mound An artificial hill or elevation of earth; a raised bank; an embarkment thrown up for defense; a bulwark; a rampart; also, a natural elevation appearing as if thrown up artificially; a regular and isolated hill, hillock, or knoll. "To thrid the thickets or to leap the mounds ."
    • v. t Mound To fortify or inclose with a mound.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Dr. George F. Grant received U.S. patent number 638,920 on December 12, 1899. His invention? The golf tee. He created it because he didn't want to get his hands dirty by building a mound of dirt to place his ball on.
    • n mound A protection; restraint; curb.
    • n mound A helmet.
    • n mound Might; size.
    • n mound An artificial elevation of earth, as one raised as a fortification or part of a fortification, or as a funeral monument; a bank of earth; hence, a bulwark; a rampart or fence.
    • n mound A natural elevation presenting the appearance of having been raised artificially; a hillock; a knoll.
    • n mound In civil engine., in excavations, a piece of the original ground left at intervals to show the depth.
    • mound To fortify with a mound; add a barrier, rampart, etc., to.
    • n mound A figure of a globe, taken as an emblem of sovereignty. The emblem is of ancient Romau origin, being associated with Jupiter, as in a Pompeiian wall-painting. It often surmounts a crown. Also monde.
    • mound To form into mounds; become piled up into mounds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mound mownd an artificial mount: a natural hillock, appearing as if thrown up by man's work:
    • v.t Mound to fortify with a mound
    • n Mound mownd (her.) the representation of a globe encircled with bands, and surmounted by a cross
    • Mound Also Monde
    • n Mound mownd (fort.) a bank of earth or stone raised as a protection
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  • Karl Marx
    “On a level plain, simple mounds look like hills; and the insipid flatness of our present bourgeoisie is to be measured by the altitude of its great intellects.”
  • Ernest Bramah
    Ernest Bramah
    “He who thinks he is raising a mound may only in reality be digging a pit.”


On the mound - (USA) If you're on the mound, you're on the mound back at your game, back in control.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. mound, mund, protection, AS. mund, protection, hand; akin to OHG. munt, Icel. mund, hand, and prob. to L. manus,. See Manual
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. mund, a defence; cf. Old High Ger. munt, defence, and perh. L. mons, a mount.


In literature:

There was good forage on the mounds, which I did not appreciate at the time.
"Child and Country" by Will Levington Comfort
Now multiply the size of one mound by the number of mounds, and you will have some idea of the work done by this pair.
"Wild Animals at Home" by Ernest Thompson Seton
This mound has revealed the grandest and most stupendous remains of ancient Neneveh.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
I had been seen while standing on the summit of the mound!
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
The palace called the South-western Palace, in consequence of its position in the mound, was commenced by him.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
Then everybody waited in silence until a queer old prairie-dog slowly put his head out of a big mound near the center of the village.
"Twinkle and Chubbins" by L. Frank (Lyman Frank) Baum
A few feet from him was a curious white mound.
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
The mound builders of North America, north of the tropical latitudes, appear like bad copyists of a sublime original.
"Incentives to the Study of the Ancient Period of American History" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
But the place he liked best for crowing was a little mound near the house.
"Bobby of Cloverfield Farm" by Helen Fuller Orton
A little to one side, close to the crowding thicket, was a small, new mound.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin

In poetry:

SWIFT round and round yon yellow mound,
With grasses rank and pale,
Race stiffened leaves; a waking sound
Is on the autumn gale.
"And Ghosts Break Up Their Graves" by John Vance Cheney
Fling o'er his mound, ye star-lit bowers,
The balmiest wreaths ye wear,
Whose breath has lent your earth-born flowers
Heaven's own ambrosial air.
"After A Lecture On Moore" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
There is love with its fickle fancies;
Its grave was so wide and deep,
And we heaped the mound with oblivion,
But the soul of love could not sleep.
"The Ghosts In The Heart" by Madge Morris Wagner
The stream was narrow, wild and lone,
But gayly dashed o'er mound and rock,
And brighter still the bubbles shone,
As if they loved the whirling shock.
"The Rival Bubbles" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
“The strand is this, the sea is this,
The grey bent and the mountains grey;
But no mound here his grave-mound is;
Where have they borne my love away?”
"Love's Reward" by William Morris
When you come home I'll not be round
To welcome you.
They'll take you to a grassy mound
So neat and new;
Where I'll be sleeping—O so sound!
The ages through.
"Sailor Son" by Robert W Service

In news:

Mounds' Mississippian Conference showcases on-going archaeology.
Charging the mound over Clemens.
Twins pitchter Scott Diamond listens to catcher Drew Butera on the mound during Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
MILWAUKEE – With spot starter Fernando Nieve on the mound, the Mets have rested their other multiple-inning options.
Just not back on the mound.
The Tigers followed a 28-9 victory over Waconia by dominating Mound-Westonka 34-7 Friday at the start of three straight home games.
'Warrior sport' dashes onto field for Native American Days at Angel Mounds.
File photo of a baseball resting on a pitcher's mound during a baseball game.
Jim Tracy can start scheduling his mound visits next season.
Former local players come back to help instruct at Pitcher's Mound camp.
Yankees' Chamberlain expects to be back on pitcher's mound in July.
TAMPA — Joba Chamberlain expects to be back on a mound in July, according to Yankees GM Brian Cashman.
Governor Scott Booed at Pitcher's Mound.
Arrange a small mound of the rare beef on top of each slice of plantain .
Thousands of dollars worth of construction equipment continues to push mounds of dirt in Tornillo, Texas.

In science:

We outline the mound scenario of Russell and coworkers, with rich metabolism potential, where greigite forms in a colloidal environment. A possible scenario for a magnetic reproducer is drawn (Sect.5).
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
Hence at the growing front of the mound, the production of daughter bubbles by budding would have been sustained by a constant supply of newly precipitated FeS.
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
Experimental simulations of mound conditions using calculated concentrations of ferrous iron and sulphide (20mmoles of each) resulted in the formation of a simple membrane.
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
In fact, even submarine mounds seen today are invariably porous (Marteinsson et al. 2001; Kelley et al. 2005).
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
We now come to the possibility of magnetic rocks which could further expand the potential of the mound scenario, described above.
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life