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Meaning of MOUNTAIN

Pronunciation:  'mawntn

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a land mass that projects well above its surroundings; higher than a hill

MOUNTAIN is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: mount
 See Also: alp, ben, elevation, Mount Olympus, mountain peak, mountainside, Mt. Olympus, natural elevation, Olimbos, Olympus, seamount, versant, volcano



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Moun"tain\, n. [OE. mountaine, montaine, F. montagne,
    LL. montanea, montania, fr. L. mons, montis, a mountain; cf.
    montanus belonging to a mountain. See 1st {Mount}.]
    1. A large mass of earth and rock, rising above the common
       level of the earth or adjacent land; earth and rock
       forming an isolated peak or a ridge; an eminence higher
       than a hill; a mount.
    2. pl. A range, chain, or group of such elevations; as, the
       White Mountains.
    3. A mountainlike mass; something of great bulk.
             I should have been a mountain of mummy. --Shak.
    {The Mountain} (--La montagne) (French Hist.), a popular name
       given in 1793 to a party of extreme Jacobins in the
       National Convention, who occupied the highest rows of
  2. \Moun"tain\, a.
    1. Of or pertaining to a mountain or mountains; growing or
       living on a mountain; found on or peculiar to mountains;
       among mountains; as, a mountain torrent; mountain pines;
       mountain goats; mountain air; mountain howitzer.
    2. Like a mountain; mountainous; vast; very great.
             The high, the mountain majesty of worth. --Byron.
    {Mountain antelope} (Zo["o]l.), the goral.
    {Mountain ash} (Bot.), an ornamental tree, the {Pyrus
       (Sorbus) Americana}, producing beautiful bunches of red
       berries. Its leaves are pinnate, and its flowers white,
       growing in fragrant clusters. The European species is the
       {P. aucuparia}, or rowan tree.
    {Mountain barometer}, a portable barometer, adapted for safe
       transportation, used in measuring the heights of
    {Mountain beaver} (Zo["o]l.), the sewellel.
    {Mountain blue} (Min.), blue carbonate of copper; azurite.
    {Mountain cat} (Zo["o]l.), the catamount. See {Catamount}.
    {Mountain chain}, a series of contiguous mountain ranges,
       generally in parallel or consecutive lines or curves.
    {Mountain cock} (Zo["o]l.), capercailzie. See {Capercailzie}.
    {Mountain cork} (Min.), a variety of asbestus, resembling
       cork in its texture.
    {Mountain crystal}. See under {Crystal}.
    {Mountain damson} (Bot.), a large tree of the genus
       {Simaruba} ({S. amarga}) growing in the West Indies, which
       affords a bitter tonic and astringent, sometimes used in
    {Mountain dew}, Scotch whisky, so called because often
       illicitly distilled among the mountains. [Humorous]
    {Mountain ebony} (Bot.), a small leguminous tree ({Bauhinia
       variegata}) of the East and West Indies; -- so called
       because of its dark wood. The bark is used medicinally and
       in tanning.
    {Mountain flax} (Min.), a variety of asbestus, having very
       fine fibers; amianthus. See {Amianthus}.
    {Mountain fringe} (Bot.), climbing fumitory. See under
    {Mountain goat}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Mazama}.
    {Mountain green}. (Min.)
       (a) Green malachite, or carbonate of copper.
       (b) See {Green earth}, under {Green}, a.
    {Mountain holly} (Bot.), a branching shrub ({Nemopanthes
       Canadensis}), having smooth oblong leaves and red berries.
       It is found in the Northern United States.
    {Mountain laurel} (Bot.), an American shrub ({Kalmia
       latifolia}) with glossy evergreen leaves and showy
       clusters of rose-colored or white flowers. The foliage is
       poisonous. Called also {American laurel}, {ivy bush}, and
       {calico bush}. See {Kalmia}.
    {Mountain leather} (Min.), a variety of asbestus, resembling
       leather in its texture.
    {Mountain licorice} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Trifolium}
       ({T. Alpinum}).
    {Mountain limestone} (Geol.), a series of marine limestone
       strata below the coal measures, and above the old red
       standstone of Great Britain. See Chart of {Geology}.
    {Mountain linnet} (Zo["o]l.), the twite.
    {Mountain magpie}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) The yaffle, or green woodpecker.
       (b) The European gray shrike.
    {Mountain mahogany} (Bot.) See under {Mahogany}.
    {Mountain meal} (Min.), a light powdery variety of calcite,
       occurring as an efflorescence.
    {Mountain milk} (Min.), a soft spongy variety of carbonate of
    {Mountain mint}. (Bot.) See {Mint}.
    {Mountain ousel} (Zo["o]l.), the ring ousel; -- called also
       {mountain thrush} and {mountain colley}. See {Ousel}.
    {Mountain pride}, or {Mountain green} (Bot.), a tree of
       Jamaica ({Spathelia simplex}), which has an unbranched
       palmlike stem, and a terminal cluster of large, pinnate
    {Mountain quail} (Zo["o]l.), the plumed partridge ({Oreortyx
       pictus}) of California. It has two long, slender,
       plumelike feathers on the head. The throat and sides are
       chestnut; the belly is brown with transverse bars of black
       and white; the neck and breast are dark gray.
    {Mountain range}, a series of mountains closely related in
       position and direction.
    {Mountain rice}. (Bot.)
       (a) An upland variety of rice, grown without irrigation,
           in some parts of Asia, Europe, and the United States.
       (b) An American genus of grasses ({Oryzopsis}).
    {Mountain rose} (Bot.), a species of rose with solitary
       flowers, growing in the mountains of Europe ({Rosa
    {Mountain soap} (Min.), a soft earthy mineral, of a brownish
       color, used in crayon painting; saxonite.
    {Mountain sorrel} (Bot.), a low perennial plant ({Oxyria
       digyna} with rounded kidney-form leaves, and small
       greenish flowers, found in the White Mountains of New
       Hampshire, and in high northern latitudes. --Gray.
    {Mountain sparrow} (Zo["o]l.), the European tree sparrow.
    {Mountain spinach}. (Bot.) See {Orach}.
    {Mountain tobacco} (Bot.), a composite plant ({Arnica
       montana}) of Europe; called also {leopard's bane}.
    {Mountain witch} (Zo["o]l.), a ground pigeon of Jamaica, of
       the genus {Geotrygon}.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing mountains in your dream means many major obstacles and challenges that you have to overcome. If you are on top of the mountain, then it means that you have achieved and realized your goals. Alternatively, mountains indicates a higher realm of consciousness, knowledge, and spiritual truth. Dreaming that you are climbing a mountain means your determination and ambition. Dreaming that you fall off a mountain, suggests that you are in a hurry to succeed without thoroughly thinking about your path to success. It also means that you have a tendency to give up or escape from demanding situations.
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