mountain

A mountain is a large and often steep landmass that's much higher than the surrounding area. It's not to be confused with a molehill.

The word mountain has been around since the 1200s. A mountain is much larger than an average hill; it's a mass of land that rises up to 2000 feet or so. Mountain does not always describe a land mass. It can also be used to refer to an undertaking, a pile of something, or even a large dose of trouble. You might have a mountain of mashed potatoes you don't want to eat, or a mountain of homework.

Definitions of mountain
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n a land mass that projects well above its surroundings; higher than a hill

Synonyms:
mount
Examples:
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Black Hills
mountains in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming
Mount Asama
a volcano in central Honshu near Nagano; one of the largest volcanoes in Japan (8,340 feet)
Mount Pinatubo
a volcano on Luzon to the northwest of Manila; erupted in 1991 after 600 years of dormancy
Cameroon
an inactive volcano in western Cameroon; highest peak on the West African coast
Pico de Orizaba
an extinct volcano in southern Mexico between Mexico City and Veracruz; the highest peak in Mexico (18,695 feet)
Nevado de Colima
an active volcano in southwestern Mexico
Cotacachi
an Andean volcano in northern Ecuador; last erupted in 1955
Cotopaxi
the world's largest active volcano; located in the Andes in north central Ecuador
Demavend
an active volcano in northern Iran
El Misti
the world's 2nd largest active volcano; located in the Andes in southern Peru
Mount Etna
an inactive volcano in Sicily; last erupted in 1961; the highest volcano in Europe (10,500 feet)
Fuego
a volcano in south central Guatemala
Fujinoyama
an extinct volcano in south central Honshu that is the highest peak in Japan; last erupted in 1707; famous for its symmetrical snow-capped peak; a sacred mountain and site for pilgrimages
Galeras
an active volcano in southeastern Colombia in the Andes
Guallatiri
the world's highest volcano; in the Andes in northern Chile; last erupted in 1959
Huainaputina
an inactive volcano in the Andes in southern Peru; last erupted in 1783
Klyuchevskaya
an inactive volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula; last erupted in 1946
Krakatao
a small volcanic island in Indonesia between Java and Sumatra; its violent eruption in 1883 was the greatest in recorded history
Lascar
a volcano in the Andes in Chile
Mauna Kea
an active volcano on north central Hawaii Island; highest peak in the Hawaiian Islands
Mauna Loa
an active volcano on south central Hawaii Island
Nyamuragira
an active volcano in eastern Congo
Nyiragongo
an active volcano in eastern Congo
Purace
an inactive volcano in the Andes in southern Colombia; last erupted in 1950
Sangay
an inactive volcano in the Andes in central Ecuador; last erupted in 1946
Tupungatito
an inactive volcano in central Chile; last erupted in 1959
Mount Saint Helens
an active volcano in the Cascade Range in southwestern Washington; erupted violently in 1980 after 123 years of inactivity
Mount Vesuvius
a volcano in southwestern Italy on the Mediterranean coast; a Plinian eruption in 79 AD buried Pompeii and killed Pliny the Elder; last erupted in 1944
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alp
any high mountain
ben
a mountain or tall hill
seamount
an underwater mountain rising above the ocean floor
volcano
a mountain formed by volcanic material
guyot
a seamount of volcanic origin (especially in the Pacific Ocean)
Type of:
elevation, natural elevation
a raised or elevated geological formation

n (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent

Synonyms:
batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad
Types:
deluge, flood, inundation, torrent
an overwhelming number or amount
haymow
a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation
Type of:
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude

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