hill: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (hil), [key]
— n.
  1. a natural elevation of the earth's surface, smaller than a mountain.
  2. an incline, esp. in a road: This old jalopy won't make it up the next hill.
  3. an artificial heap, pile, or mound: a hill made by ants.
  4. a small mound of earth raised about a cultivated plant or a cluster of such plants.
  5. the plant or plants so surrounded: a hill of potatoes.
  6. mound (def. 4).
  7. Rumor has it that her husband has gone over the hill.
    1. to break out of prison.
    2. to absent oneself without leave from one's military unit.
    3. to leave suddenly or mysteriously:Rumor has it that her husband has gone over the hill.
    1. relatively advanced in age.
    2. past one's prime.
  8. See
  1. to surround with hills: to hill potatoes.
  2. to form into a hill or heap.


Pronunciation: (hil), [key]
— n.
  1. 1825–65, Confederate general in the U.S. Civil War.
  2. 1886–1977, English physiologist: Nobel prize for medicine 1922.
  3. 1838–1916, U.S. railroad builder and financier, born in Canada.
  4. 1879–1915, U.S. labor organizer and songwriter, born in Sweden.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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