A hill is a high ridge or mound of land, not as tall as a mountain. A house on a hill has a great view of the surrounding countryside, and very little chance of being flooded.

You can hike or drive up a hill — a gentle upward slope, in either case. An accidental or deliberate mound of stuff is another kind of hill, like a hill of snow in your yard, or a hill of trash at the dump. What's considered a hill in mountainous India — a height of up to 10,000 feet — is absolutely a mountain in Great Britain, where a hill is defined as an elevation of less than 2,000 feet.

Definitions of hill

n a local and well-defined elevation of the land

“they loved to roam the hills of West Virginia”
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a hill to the to the west of the Athenian acropolis where met the highest governmental council of ancient Athens and later a judicial court
a hill near Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified
originally a stronghold captured by David (the 2nd king of the Israelites); above it was built a temple and later the name extended to the whole hill; finally it became a synonym for the city of Jerusalem
Cotswold Hills
a range of low hills in southwestern England
Cheviot Hills
a range of hills on the border between England and Scotland
Pennine Chain
a system of hills in Britain that extend from the Scottish border in the north to the Trent River in the south; forms the watershed for English rivers
Seven Hills of Rome
the hills on which the ancient city of Rome was built
the most important of the Seven Hills of Rome; supposedly the location of the first settlement and the site of many imperial palaces
a hill in Northumberland where the invading Scots were defeated by the English in 1513
Nilgiri Hills
hills in southern India
Capitol Hill
a hill in Washington, D.C., where the Capitol Building sits and Congress meets
Breed's Hill
a hill in Charlestown that was the site of the battle of Bunker Hill in 1775
San Juan Hill
a hill in eastern Cuba (near Santiago de Cuba) that was captured during the Spanish-American War
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a hill that rises abruptly from the surrounding region; has a flat top and sloping sides
a relatively low hill on the lower slope of a mountain
hammock, hillock, hummock, knoll, mound
a small natural hill
a high rocky hill
anthill, formicary
a mound of earth made by ants as they dig their nest
kopje, koppie
a small hill rising up from the African veld
a mound of earth made by moles while burrowing
Type of:
elevation, natural elevation
a raised or elevated geological formation

n structure consisting of an artificial heap or bank usually of earth or stones

Antonine Wall
a fortification 37 miles long across the narrowest part of southern Scotland (between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde); built in 140 to mark the frontier of the Roman province of Britain
Great Wall of China
a fortification 1,500 miles long built across northern China in the 3rd century BC; it averages 6 meters in width
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(formerly) a mound of earth inside a fort from which heavy gun can be fired over the parapet
barrow, burial mound, grave mound, tumulus
(archeology) a heap of earth placed over prehistoric tombs
a long artificial mound of stone or earth; built to hold back water or to support a road or as protection
snow bank, snowbank
a mound or heap of snow
an embankment that is built in order to prevent a river from overflowing
bulwark, rampart, wall
an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes
Type of:
construction, structure
a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

n (baseball) the slight elevation on which the pitcher stands

mound, pitcher's mound
Type of:
baseball equipment
equipment used in playing baseball

v form into a hill

Type of:
forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work
make something, usually for a specific function

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