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From Middle English hill, from Old English hyll ‎(hill), from Proto-Germanic *hulliz ‎(stone, rock), from Proto-Indo-European *kolən-, *koləm- ‎(top, hill, rock). Cognate with Middle Dutch hille, hulle ‎(hill), Low German hull ‎(hill), Icelandic hóll ‎(hill), Latin collis ‎(hill), Lithuanian kalnas, Albanian kallumë ‎(big pile, tall heap), Russian холм ‎(xolm, hill), Old English holm ‎(rising land, island). More at holm.



hill ‎(plural hills)

  1. An elevated location smaller than a mountain.
    The park is sheltered from the wind by a hill to the east.
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 29686887 , chapter IV:
      So this was my future home, I thought! [] Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
  2. A sloping road.
    You need to pick up speed to get up the hill that's coming up.
  3. (US) A heap of earth surrounding a plant.
  4. (US) A single cluster or group of plants growing close together, and having the earth heaped up about them.
    a hill of corn or potatoes
  5. (baseball) The pitcher’s mound.

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hill ‎(third-person singular simple present hills, present participle hilling, simple past and past participle hilled)

  1. To form into a heap or mound.
  2. To heap or draw earth around plants.
    • 1977, Gene Weltfish, The Lost Universe: Pawnee Life and Culture, page 102:
      After the seeds were inserted, the earth was hilled up all around into a smooth little mound.