From Middle English, 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” ), Old English holm ( “rising land, island” ). More at holm .
Explanation of hill by Wordnet Dictionary
- Hill n. [OE. hil, hul, AS. hyll; akin to OD. hille, hil, L. collis, and prob. to E. haulm, holm, and column. Cf. 2d Holm.]
1. A natural elevation of land, or a mass of earth rising above the common level of the surrounding land; an eminence less than a mountain.
Every mountain and hill shall be made low. Is. xl. 4.
2. The earth raised about the roots of a plant or cluster of plants. [U. S.] See Hill, v. t.
3. A single cluster or group of plants growing close together, and having the earth heaped up about them; as, “a hill of corn or potatoes”. [U. S.]
Hill ant ( Zool. ), a common ant ( Formica rufa ), of Europe and America, which makes mounds or ant-hills over its nests. -- Hill myna ( Zool. ), one of several species of birds of India, of the genus Gracula, and allied to the starlings. They are easily taught to speak many words. [Written also hill mynah.] See Myna. -- Hill partridge ( Zool. ), a partridge of the genus Aborophila, of which numerous species in habit Southern Asia and the East Indies. -- Hill tit ( Zool. ), one of numerous species of small Asiatic singing birds of the family Leiotrichidæ. Many are beautifully colored.
- Hill v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hilled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Hilling.] To surround with earth; to heap or draw earth around or upon; as, “to hill corn”.
Showing them how to plant and hill it. Palfrey.
Definition of hill by GCIDE Dictionary