Definition of hill in English:

hill

noun

  • 1A naturally raised area of land, not as high or craggy as a mountain.

    • ‘We have been blessed with everything from deserts and rolling hills to cloud-shrouded mountain peaks.’
    • ‘Above the crest of the craggy hill the pilots had landed on, a small squad of Germans appeared, shouting and motioning to the parachutes.’
    • ‘The flat plains became gently rolling hills and the hills merged with high mountains.’
    • ‘The terrain can be hills and mountains as well as towers and buildings.’
    • ‘We are in a rather remote area in a wooded hills near the Pennsylvania border.’
    • ‘The instructions were to design a simple landscape sketch using a minimum of five to six land forms - hills, mountains, lakes and so on.’
    • ‘The countryside is beautiful, with farmhouses and rice paddies in the valleys, surrounded by wooded hills and mountains.’
    • ‘The landscape of the study area is characterized by low hills and flat lands within the San Miguel de Allende Graben.’
    • ‘Topography in both areas consists of extensive plains and low hills among mountain ranges.’
    • ‘The southern region is of volcanic origin, with a mountainous terrain of red clay hills, waterfalls, rivers, and streams.’
    • ‘Your garden may be influenced by very different topography: mountains, hills, flat or rolling plains.’
    • ‘The tribes, rightly, are required to show their connections with various rivers, mountains, hills, and land sites.’
    • ‘Forests, meadow land, rolling hills and mountains, all populated with small villages, are on the menu.’
    • ‘Except for the Terminal Moraine boulders of the area's natural hills and valleys, the Park is completely manmade.’
    • ‘The interior consists of mountains, hills, valleys, and a high central plateau.’
    • ‘Backward rolls were always more difficult, though, because there was no way to see the end of the hill or mountainside.’
    • ‘Along the fields, natural waterfalls on the hills or mountains were spreading their beauty like a folding screen.’
    • ‘The weather in southwestern Germany, with its mountain peaks and rolling hills, can turn nasty in a hurry.’
    • ‘Rowan Hill is well situated in a very exclusive area overlooking the valley, hills and mountains around Mallow.’
    • ‘Outside it represents upper areas on the landscape, open fields, hills and land that rises higher than the rest.’
    high ground, rising ground, prominence, eminence, elevation, rise, hillock, mound, mount, knoll, hummock, tor, tump, fell, pike, mesa
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    1. 1.1 A sloping stretch of road:
      ‘they were climbing a steep hill in low gear’
      • ‘Practice braking before you try any steep slopes or hills.’
      • ‘Mosport is a very tricky track, with hills, drops and off camber turns.’
      • ‘The customer also added that the car seemed to run strange whenever she was descending a hill or steep grade.’
      • ‘She remembered the mountain road with its steep hills and sharp curves.’
      • ‘He drove up to the hills along the remembered roads, frightening in their familiarity.’
      • ‘They were currently heading down a hill in the road, which had taken effort to scale, but there wasn't any involved in going down.’
      • ‘I finally reached a section of road with a small hill at the bottom, which lead all the way to a gate and a neighborhood of cookie cutter houses.’
      • ‘Ignore side roads as you go up the hill and over a cross roads with traffic lights.’
      • ‘A tricky road, on a hill where the cars, as they coast down, can't help but nudge over 30.’
      • ‘It sounded like they were just coming down the small hill on the access road, where it meets the main road at a right angle.’
      • ‘You have to leave the main road and climb a steep hill to finally descend into Marigot Bay, a yachtsman's dream of shelter.’
      • ‘The structures are so familiar - the way the hills and the roads intersect is so similar.’
      • ‘Buses were having trouble getting up the hill on that stretch of road, York Region police say.’
      • ‘Scary Street runs up a steep hill to a T junction onto a busy road.’
      • ‘From the south and west, leave the M20 at junction 7, turning left along the slip road and up the hill.’
      • ‘Time after time, he and the girls go back to the same hills, the same stretches of road.’
      • ‘The course has steep hills, and the roads sweep wide, then narrow to cobblestones.’
      • ‘I was going up a hill on an 80k road, and he told me to accelerate.’
      • ‘Carry on up the hill until the road begins to drop again.’
      • ‘We had nearly 40 kilometers on flat open roads before hitting the hills.’
      slope, rise, drop, incline, gradient, elevation, acclivity, declivity, ascent, descent, eminence, hillside, hillock, sloping ground, rising ground
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    2. 1.2 A heap or mound of something:
      ‘a hill of sliding shingle’
      • ‘He was standing on a hill of sand, so he was much higher than her.’
      • ‘Of course, a few of these stretched into Fygrai, leading down a hill of covered-over rubble towards another settlement.’
      • ‘Dip in to any part of the page and it's like lifting a rock off a hill of sleaze.’
      • ‘More often than not, such endeavors end with a pile of bills and a hill of broken hearts.’
      • ‘It was of course empty, except for the small hills of old hay piled in corners.’
      • ‘The couscous plate is a hill of semoule with carrots, chickpeas, a potato, two merguez and savoury broth.’
      • ‘Dune land is made up of mounds or small hills of sand that are piled up by the wind.’
      • ‘It is a position that has long been no more than a hill of rhetorical dung.’
      • ‘But all this variety and good looks wouldn't amount to a hill of slush without some solid control.’
      heap, pile, stack, mass, mound, mountain, quantity, load
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  • 2rare A flock of ruffs:

    ‘a hill of ruffs looked at from a distance on a sunny day was a very pleasing spectacle’
    • ‘The net may be suddenly pulled over, so as to fold up the whole hill of ruffs that may be assembled together.’
    • ‘As soon as the Harriers began to work over this hill of ruffs, they disappeared.’
    • ‘Should anyone wish to ascertain what a hill of ruffs is like, they should inspect the beautiful case of these birds placed in the Natural History Museum.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Form (something) into a heap.

    1. 1.1 Bank up (a plant) with soil:
      ‘if frost threatens our new plants, we hill them up’
      • ‘Cultivation and hilling for irrigation were active.’
      • ‘The process is known as hilling and is done just before the ground is likely to freeze solid.’
      • ‘An alternative to this is hilling up the stem with more soil when it is 10-12 inches tall.’
      • ‘Corn plants are in 8-to 9-leaf stages, with hilling complete in most areas.’
      • ‘Producers are working at hilling corn and soybeans.’
      • ‘Always hoe level rather than hilling soil up around the plants, which peanuts don't like at all.’
      • ‘Cultivation and hilling operations will likely be earlier than usual this year to stay ahead of the weeds and provide for early irrigation.’
      • ‘By hilling the fields shortly after planting, an early season application can refill the soil profile.’
      • ‘Soil hilled up around the corn plant as it grows stimulates further axillary root formation.’
      • ‘As it did he found himself looking diagonally down rows of neatly hilled tomato plants.’

Phrases

  • a hill of beans

    • informal [with negative]A thing of little value:

      ‘the problems of one old actor don't amount to a hill of beans’
      • ‘So for those patients and for their families and loved ones, I think this is a hill of bean.’
      • ‘The problem at the Norfolk, Va., storage facility wasn't just a hill of beans.’
      • ‘I'll write stuff or get on talk shows in front of millions and sneak in a few quips to try and entertain as well, but that really is a hill of beans.’
  • over the hill

    • informal Old and past one's best:

      ‘a once famous ballerina, now over the hill’
      • ‘I had my second child at 39 and that really was considered over the hill.’
      • ‘The smart young women at the agency made it clear that they considered me well over the hill.’
      • ‘A rider can arrive at the start of the Tour under-form, but not over the hill.’
      • ‘In the movie, Rocky will be a lonely, over the hill and impoverished loser, unloved by everyone and a shadow of his former mighty self.’
      • ‘Many of his players are over the hill, and others that he has brought in are just not good enough to prosper at the very highest level.’
      • ‘Older rugby players proved they are not over the hill at the start of Swindon's Masters in Sport Tag Rugby sessions.’
      • ‘His vibrant symphonies four, five and six show him at his peak, but this sinfonia is over the hill.’
      • ‘At an age when most batsmen are over the hill, he is producing some of the best batting of his career.’
      • ‘Of course she is completely over the hill and everyone knows it.’
      past one's prime, not as young as one was, not as young as one used to be
      in one's dotage, long in the tooth, as old as the hills
      elderly, old, aged, senior, ancient, venerable
      decrepit, doddering, doddery, not long for this world
      past it, no spring chicken
      senescent
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Origin

Old English hyll, of Germanic origin; from an Indo-European root shared by Latin collis and Greek kolōnos hill.

Pronunciation:

hill

/hɪl/