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moun·tain  (mountn)
1. Abbr. Mt. or Mtn. A natural elevation of the earths surface having considerable mass, generally steep sides, and a height greater than that of a hill.
a. A large heap: a mountain of laundry.
b. A huge quantity: a mountain of trouble.

[Middle English mountaine, from Old French montaigne, muntaigne, from Vulgar Latin *montnea, from feminine of *montneus, of a mountain, from Latin montnus, from mns, mont-, mountain; see men-2 in Indo-European roots.]

mountain·y adj.

mountain [ˈmaʊntɪn]
1. (Earth Sciences / Physical Geography)
a.  a natural upward projection of the earths surface, higher and steeper than a hill and often having a rocky summit
b.  (as modifier) mountain people mountain scenery
c.  (in combination) a mountaintop
2. a huge heap or mass a mountain of papers
3. anything of great quantity or size
4. (Business / Commerce) a surplus of a commodity, esp in the European Union the butter mountain
a mountain to climb Brit informal a serious or considerable difficulty or obstruction to overcome
make a mountain out of a molehill See molehill [2]
[from Old French montaigne, from Vulgar Latin montānea (unattested) mountainous, from Latin montānus, from mons mountain]

Mountain [ˈmaʊntɪn]
(Historical Terms) the. an extremist faction during the French Revolution led by Danton and Robespierre
[so called because its members sat in the highest row of seats at the National Convention Hall in 1793]

mountain  (mountn)
A generally massive and usually steep-sided, raised portion of the Earths surface. Mountains can occur as single peaks or as part of a long chain. They can form through volcanic activity, by erosion, or by uplift of the continental crust when two tectonic plates collide. The Himalayas, which are the highest mountains in the world, were formed when the plate carrying the landmass of India collided with the plate carrying the landmass of China.

mountain  /mantn/  n. 1 a tall formation of land and rock higher than a hill: The mountains south of San Francisco make a pretty picture. 2 fig. a large amount: There is a mountain of dishes to wash. 3 infrml. to make a mountain out of a molehill: to become angry over a small issue: She made a mountain out of a molehill about getting a B on her paper instead of an A . -adj. mountainous.

Thesaurus: mountain 1 a peak, high hill | range 2 a pile, mound. mountain

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