Meaning of MOUNT in English


I. ˈmau̇nt noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English munt, mont, mount, partly from Old English munt, from Latin mont-, mons; partly from Old French mont, from Latin mont-, mons; akin to Old Norse mœnir ridgepole, mœna to project, Latin minari to project, threaten, Welsh mynydd mountain, Avestan fra manyente they get a head start, mati- promontory; basic meaning: mountain


a. : a lofty promontory : mountain ; specifically : a high usually more or less conical detached hill rising from a landscape

Mount Vesuvius

b. : a lofty position : vantage point

mystics … returned from the mount of vision — J.S.Bixler

c. heraldry : a hill proper vert in base


a. archaic : a protective earthwork : rampart

b. obsolete : cavalier 1


a. : an artificial elevation : mound

mount in the background is the icehouse — National Geographic

b. obsolete : an elevated area in a garden that affords a view of the surrounding countryside

have a mount of some pretty height … to look abroad into the fields — Francis Bacon

4. obsolete : a lending agency : bank , pawnbroker — compare mont-de-pié t é

5. usually capitalized : a small protrusion of flesh on the palm of the hand especially at the base of a finger that is held by palmists to indicate predominant traits and degrees of temperament

the absence of Mounts … indicates the lack of the virtues represented by that Mount — Josef Ranald

— see lower mars , mount of apollo , mount of jupiter , mount of luna , mount of mercury , mount of saturn , mount of venus , upper mars

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English mounten, from Middle French monter, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin montare, from Latin mont-, mons mountain

intransitive verb


a. : to become greater in amount or extent : increase

weekends when passenger volume mounts sharply — W.A.Howe

costs of operation … are continually mounting — C.F.Robinson

you know how those storage bills mount up — Berton Roueché

b. : to reach an ultimate amount or extent : total

the cost of champagne … is liable to mount up to a couple of pounds per head — English Digest


a. : to wing upward : soar

the lark … mounting from the lea — William Allingham

the soul mounting toward the eternal forms — Bernard DeVoto

b. : to make or appear to make a steep ascent : climb

mounting ivy

the narrow road mounts to higher levels — American Guide Series: Florida

astride these promontories are … residential sections, and even some of the business areas have mounted partway — American Guide Series: Minnesota

c. : to reach upward : tower

the skyscraper mounts through the dusk to a winking red light on top

d. : to move upward : rise

hid her face on the bounteous breast that mounted to her — George Meredith

e. : to surge up and suffuse the face

blushes mount to her cheeks — Upton Sinclair

f. : to attain greater height or magnitude : grow

a vine, remarkable for its tendency … to mass and mount — Willa Cather

a mounting economic and political problem — Gordon Walker

g. : to become aroused or amplified : kindle , intensify

mount to high moral indignation — M.R.Cohen

a sense of mounting excitement — T.B.Costain

h. : couple I 1

meet and mount like stray dogs in the street — George Barker


a. : to become promoted : advance

younger brother … proposed to mount over the head of the elder by marrying the late King's widow — Edith Sitwell

b. archaic : to reach back through the years

an antiquity which mounts up to the eighth century of our era — J.M.Jephson


a. : to seat oneself upon a means of conveyance (as a horse)

puts his foot in the stirrup and mounts

mounted and rode off in a cloud of dust

b. : to become elevated by or secured to a support

mount on French heels when you go to the ball — London Magazine

the transmission mounts crosswise in the vehicle — Principles of Automotive Vehicles

5. slang : to ascend the witness stand : testify

their price is five shillings for what they call mounting — George Parker

transitive verb


a. : to climb or appear to climb : ascend

mounted a short flight of steps — W.B.Furlong

the town mounts the hills — Claudia Cassidy

specifically : to take one's place on a raised structure

mount a pulpit

mount the judicial bench

b. obsolete : to soar into

did He … not only mount the firmament but ascend the heaven of heavens — James Hervey

c. archaic : to scale for the purpose of assault

first to mount the breach — Sir Walter Scott


a. : to lift up : elevate

hedgehogs … mount their pricks at my footfall — Shakespeare

had the brilliant idea of mounting enormous masts … down the center of the roadway — H.V.Morton

clouds … mounting thunderheads in the north — Norman Mailer

specifically : to raise (a shotgun) to the shoulder preparatory to firing

b. : to set on something that elevates

a cluster of outbuildings … each mounted on poles — Mary Kingsley

c. archaic : to raise in esteem or spirituality : exalt

whom his tenth epic mounts to fame — Edward Young

this mounts my soul with more heroic fires — Francis Quarles


a. : to dispose in battle array : position

on this rampart he mounted his little train of artillery — W.H.Prescott

b. : to be equipped with or have in position

a war canoe mounting 40 or more oars

a wooden stockade mounting cannon — P.M.Angle

vehicles … which can mount 105 mm. recoilless weapons — Combat Forces Journal


(1) : to post for defense or observation

mounted some guards

(2) : to take up (a post of protective custody)

mount guard over the person of the emperor — A.M.Young


(1) : to organize and equip (an attacking force)

the logistical support … to mount and support the operation — H.A.Jordan

(2) : to launch and carry out (an assault or campaign)

first ship specially designed for mounting helicopter assaults — A.W.Jessup

mounted 1525 effective sorties during the period — New York Times

is mounting a successful trade offensive — D.L.Cohn

4. : cover I 10a

crouching like a domestic hen that wants to be mounted — T.H.White b. 1906


a. : to get on (a means of conveyance)

mount a horse

went running to mount the motorcycle — Richard Llewellyn

clouds mount the wind — Russell Lord

b. : to sit or be set upon (a means of conveyance)

mounted the tractor and rode into the barnyard

a horse would be led out and I would be mounted … upon it — O.S.J.Gogarty

c. : to furnish with a means of conveyance

wanted horses to mount his dragoons — American Guide Series: Vermont



(1) : to attach to a support or assemble for use

after the final polishing … the blade is ready to be mounted — L.D.Bement

the pulley shaft is mounted on large capacity ball bearings — Whitin Review

specifically : to attach to a base (as of metal or wood) and make type high (a printing plate or cut)

(2) : to attach to a backing for reinforcement or display

old Roman filet … mounted on a net foundation that would give almost invisible support to its fragile threads — advt

black satin motifs mounted on white felt — Women's Wear Daily

specifically : to glue or paste (as a sheet of paper) upon firm material in bookbinding

b. : to prepare for display: as

(1) : to frame or provide with an appropriate setting

classifying, mounting, and labeling specimens — G.O.Blough

the jeweler mounts a pearl in a ring

mount a statue on a pedestal

specifically : to place (an object) on a slide for microscopic examination

(2) : to stuff or arrange (the skin or skeleton of an animal) for exhibition especially in a natural position or attitude — compare taxidermy

mounted a group of orangutans, and then a habitat group of muskrats — Clyde Fisher

(3) : to fasten (a stamp) on the page of an album especially by use of a hinge or on a sheet of paper or cardboard for display


(1) : to put on view : exhibit

one of the finest shows the museum has ever mounted — Time

specifically : to arrange (a slide) under a microscope for examination

(2) archaic : to don especially for display

mounted a fashionable greatcoat — Sporting Magazine

d. : to provide with scenery, costumes, lighting, and properties : equip for public presentation

the manner in which a play is composed, mounted and performed — Samuel Selden

a tastefully mounted television show

a beautifully mounted circus, meaning it had luster and snap and dazzle — T.W.Duncan

specifically : produce

the manager's stubborn determination to mount a Wagner opera although he had only a few leading singers to put into it — Marcia Davenport

Synonyms: see ascend , rise

III. noun

( -s )


a. : an act or instance of mounting

the circus rider leaped to the horse's back in a flying mount

took pride in the spread and mount of his fame — J.L.Davis

specifically : a gymnastic maneuver consisting of a spring from the floor to a position on the apparatus

b. : coupling 1

the copulatory behavior of macaques … consists of a series of mounts — C.S.Ford & F.A.Beach

2. : frame , support : as

a. : the strips (as of wood or ivory) constituting the framework of a fan

b. : a mat that serves as a background for a picture

salon mount

c. : a jewelry setting

flexible platinum mount set with 68 round diamonds — Precious-Stone Jewelry

d. : a decorative border or detail applied to objects (as furniture, clocks, saddles) ; also : protective or functional hardware (as escutcheons or drawer pulls) of furniture — usually used in plural

a clock with ormolu mounts

e. : an undercarriage or part that fits a device for use or serves to attach an accessory

engine mount

weapons on towed or self-propelled mounts — U.S. War Dept. Technical Manual

invented a mount for a telescopic gunsight

a good lens in focusing mount — R.C.Holslag

specifically : the base upon which a printing plate or cut is mounted to make it type high

f. : a hinge, card, or acetate envelope for mounting a stamp for display (as in an album)


(1) : a glass slide with its accessories on which objects are placed for examination with a microscope

(2) : a specimen mounted on a slide for microscopic examination

h. : a piece of material used for reinforcement or backing

mount for a book cover


a. : a means of conveyance

a cavalry action, with jeeps as mounts — Blair Clark

specifically : saddle horse

too many officers' mounts and not enough draft animals — F.V.W.Mason

b. : a supply of saddle horses

told me the color and the brand on every horse that was in my mount — Ross Santee

— compare string I 11c


(1) : an opportunity to ride

offering an unsuspecting person a mount on a savage horse — Robert Lynd

specifically : an assignment to ride as a jockey in a race

phone is always ringing, with owners and trainers offering mounts — Allen Andrews

(2) : a horse entered in a competition

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