Main definitions of mount in English

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mount1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Climb up (stairs, a hill, or other rising surface):

    ‘he mounted the steps’
    • ‘Jonathan nodded and began to mount the stairs, feeling his excitement grow with each step.’
    • ‘They mounted the stairs behind Eric and Jane, and James noticed that Scarlett was getting paler by the minute.’
    • ‘John mounted the stairs to Angela's bedroom, where he once again faced a locked door.’
    • ‘After clearing his head he stomped off to the staircase and mounted the stairs to his room.’
    • ‘I glanced at Slyder as we mounted the three front steps to the Thawyer residence.’
    • ‘She watched him mount the ladder and make his way up, then mounted it herself, pulling herself up away from the concrete, rung by rung.’
    • ‘Without forming any kind of back-up plan or even anything resembling thought, I found myself mounting the stairs that lead to my apartment.’
    • ‘Jennifer made it though the door and mounted the spiral staircase within.’
    • ‘Carrying a small lantern, she mounted the seventy stairs to her husband's chamber.’
    • ‘Travis mounts the stairs hesitantly, leaving Greg and Danielle to sit in silence in the living room.’
    • ‘We heard a heavy footfall at the bottom of the stair, but it did not do more than mount the first step.’
    • ‘You mount the stairs and pass through the long corridor, the walls of which are thickly lined with photographs of the family and an impressive display of weapons.’
    • ‘Then I silently mounted the stairs myself, and crouched two steps from the top to listen.’
    • ‘Tabitha was aware of the change in slope as they mounted the hill, but didn't slow down.’
    • ‘He had decided she must be sleeping in another room and after pulling himself together had mounted the cellar stairs intending to search the rest of the house.’
    • ‘Slowly, Betty mounted the stairs, feeling as if she were in some sort of horror movie.’
    • ‘As she was mounting the stairs, keeping a tight hold of the banisters, she realised that there had been five half full cups of tea on the table.’
    • ‘Sighing, she shifted her grip on the painting and mounted the stairs.’
    • ‘The two men went through an emergency door to their right, where Lamb mounted a steel ladder and began to climb.’
    • ‘Grazing goats ignore us as we mount the hill toward the church.’
    go up, ascend, climb, climb up, scale, clamber up, make one's way up, move up
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    1. 1.1 Climb or move up on to (a raised surface):
      ‘the master of ceremonies mounted the platform’
      • ‘Thus it was that at 2.00 pm on the 30th January 1649 Charles mounted the execution platform accompanied only by Bishop Juxon.’
      • ‘He was alone and heading back to the home of his girlfriend, Charlotte, when the car mounted the verge and hit a tree in the garden of a pair of unoccupied cottages.’
      • ‘The young woman left badly injured when his car struck her after mounting a central reservation is calling for him to be jailed.’
      • ‘Officers were told Jacobson's car had mounted the kerb and it had been swerving before it collided with a lamppost.’
      • ‘The victim was walking along Jubilee Street when the car mounted the pavement, knocking into her and a teenager.’
      • ‘It is understood the car mounted a pavement and struck a lamppost but then sped off.’
      • ‘A 22-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after his car mounted the pavement and struck a pedestrian.’
      • ‘The car mounted the kerb on a bend and crossed on to the other side of the road where it hit the Citroen van.’
      • ‘Police believe the car skidded out of control on ice, mounted the pavement and hit a dry stone wall before flipping over and throwing the driver from the vehicle.’
      • ‘She was trapped under the wheels of the car which mounted the pavement and pushed her through a fence as she was walking home with her mother.’
      • ‘A pensioner was so drunk behind the wheel of his car he twice mounted the kerb and nearly crashed into a pedestrian crossing, a court heard.’
      • ‘His car mounted a steel safety barrier, cleared a wall and struck the porch of the Davis family's home before ending up on the lawn.’
      • ‘She believed people could have been injured or killed had there been anyone in the lounge, or standing on the pavement, when the car mounted the kerb and rammed into the wall.’
      • ‘I would stop all the lorries thundering through the high street and delivery vans mounting the pavements, blocking shop entrances.’
      • ‘Three people are dead and two schoolgirls are fighting for their lives today after a sports car mounted the pavement and collided with a group of pedestrians.’
      • ‘The car mounted the kerb before striking the sloped wall at Castleyards and coming to rest on its side in Junction Road.’
      • ‘Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi quickly mounted the podium to move that the conference reject the resignation.’
      • ‘Eight children were injured when a car mounted the pavement in Norwood High Street, after colliding with another vehicle.’
      • ‘But then he turned round and mounted the slightly raised platform where the government sits.’
      • ‘She was hit by a speeding car which mounted the pavement as she was walking to the shops.’
      • ‘Schoolchildren had to jump out of the way after a car mounted a pavement at Market Hill, Maldon, a court heard on Monday.’
      climb on to, jump on to, clamber on to, get on to
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    2. 1.2 Get up on (an animal or bicycle) in order to ride it:
      ‘he mounted the horse’
      ‘he took the bicycle, mounted it, and rode to the station’
      • ‘Pat offered to drive him to the vicarage and back, but he was adamant in refusal, mounted his bicycle, and pedalled off.’
      • ‘Joe offered up a small prayer of gratitude and mounted the pinto mare.’
      • ‘After he mounted the elephant, it refused to cross the Bagmati River on its way into exile.’
      • ‘‘My grandfather has horses,’ she said simply, easily mounting the mare.’
      • ‘He marched down the front steps and mounted his horse before riding off down the street.’
      • ‘Travis mounted his bike and rode down the field towards the path.’
      • ‘young cyclists mounted their bikes for the British Heart Foundation Junior Charity Bike Ride on Monday, despite the typical Bank Holiday wind and rain.’
      • ‘She mounted her horse and rode away, satisfied with the transaction she'd just made.’
      • ‘I saw Ashton appear late in the day, mounting the horse Adam had prepared for him, and riding off towards the woods.’
      • ‘But the 50-year-old maintenance man has to mount his bicycle every day to catch the ferry over to Mull every night, where he lives in a caravan.’
      • ‘I stormed out of the house, mounted my bike and rode down to the lake.’
      • ‘Lydon deftly mounted the beast and urged her to about face.’
      • ‘And when they mounted their ponies and rode away, we were more alarmed than ever, for we feared they had gone for reinforcements.’
      • ‘Managing a nervous smile, Alicia wished him good night, mounted her bicycle and rode home, her mind a muddle of happiness and apprehension.’
      • ‘Scores of students were caught on camera mounting their bicycles either without their helmets, with helmets unfastened or casually slung across their handlebars.’
      • ‘The sky is rosy as we mount our bikes and set off down the hill in the bracing cold.’
      • ‘He handed Alice the message, mounted his horse and rode away.’
      • ‘Rave saluted the general, mounted his horse and rode back to Fort Nilton.’
      • ‘He quickly mounted his horse and rode off to the shack.’
      • ‘‘I will ride ahead,’ he said, mounting his horse, which whinnied and trotted back a few steps.’
      • ‘Each morning the boy watched his father mount his horse and ride away toward the Court of Justice.’
      get astride, straddle, get on the back of, bestride, get on to, hop on to
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    3. 1.3 Set (someone) on horseback; provide with a horse:
      ‘she was mounted on a white horse’
      • ‘Seeing as I was mounted, Reese turned to the dying campfire.’
      • ‘Now all four of us were mounted and it's decided that I'll ride along with Marcy, and William and Russ will go around the other way.’
      • ‘All the men were mounted when d'Auvergne walked over to Isabel.’
      • ‘A few guests were already mounted for the road, half asleep, bloat-faced and red-eyed, leaning to and fro in their saddles.’
      • ‘Sir Christopher was mounted on one horse and Sarah, with Sasha sitting behind her, on the other horse.’
      • ‘Once I was mounted, I smiled dazzlingly at Henry, who kicked his horse into a trot.’
      get astride, straddle, get on the back of, bestride, get on to, hop on to
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    4. 1.4 (of a male mammal or bird) assume a position on top of (a female) in order to copulate:
      ‘a female was immediately mounted by the cat’
      • ‘Because the male turkeys were so unnaturally bloated they were unable to mount the female turkeys.’
      • ‘The luckiest male mounts the female and remains in position for many hours, unless another male manages to prise him off by biting and clawing at him.’
      • ‘The bull seemed quite comfortable in his new home and promptly mounted one of the females, much to the delight of everyone.’
      • ‘This permits the male to mount her back and attempt copulation by curling his abdomen to clasp her genitalia.’
      • ‘Both cats growled as the male mounted the great lioness.’
      • ‘When our male cat tries to mount the female, she hisses and scratches and fights him off - does your female fight?’
      • ‘The males mount the females for one-to two-minute intervals before copulation actually takes place.’
      • ‘A male would sometimes mount a female three or four times in succession.’
      • ‘When the male mounts the female he will normally grab and hold her rear quarters, his forelegs wrapped around her waist.’
      • ‘Male seaweed flies, for instance, are more likely to mount females if they have had prior exposure to seaweed.’
      • ‘Copulations in which the male forcefully mounted the female in the absence of female solicitation were regarded as forced.’
      • ‘Mating takes place at the surface, often an ungainly procedure involving much rolling about and waving of flippers as the amorous male tries to mount the female.’
      • ‘But the public thought, rightly, that this was plain wrong, in much the same way as your dog attempting to mount your cat is plain wrong.’
  • 2Organize and initiate (a campaign or other course of action):

    ‘the company had successfully mounted takeover bids’
    • ‘Saintfield residents have mounted a campaign to block plans for two proposed housing developments in the town.’
    • ‘Mrs Dearnley said parents are mounting a campaign to stop the closure going ahead.’
    • ‘The World Health Organization has mounted emergency immunization campaigns for cholera, measles and polio to try to head off the worst effects of these diseases in Darfur.’
    • ‘Residents mounted a campaign against the plans, saying a telecommunications mast would not only spoil the landscape but pose a potential health risk.’
    • ‘Green Party's Mary White will also mount a strong challenge for the final seat here.’
    • ‘Meanwhile six fans were arrested in Bristol after police mounted an operation to contain violence.’
    • ‘No war was ever fought without casualties and no military operation was ever mounted without self-inflicted tactical errors.’
    • ‘The three main unions are mounting a joint campaign for a 35-hour week, with ballots to follow.’
    • ‘Justice has mounted what looks like a serious antitrust investigation.’
    • ‘But as we have demonstrated we will mount checks in the outer areas.’
    • ‘Flying supplies and reinforcements into the garrison, Slim mounted an overland campaign that gradually broke through to his besieged forces.’
    • ‘Police have mounted a major operation to thwart any security threat to the Games.’
    • ‘Identity cards would also bring to an end the ludicrously haphazard methods that individual organisations now employ to mount their own security checks.’
    • ‘The World Health Organisation is mounting a campaign to eradicate the wild polio virus from the world by 2005.’
    • ‘Race organizers have since mounted an educational campaign to warn runners about the dangers of excessive drinking.’
    • ‘Then, in May 1944, German airborne forces mounted a daring raid that came close to capturing Tito.’
    • ‘This newspaper understands that the government is already preparing to mount a campaign to soften up the public in advance of the referendum campaign.’
    • ‘A heavy security operation will be mounted this week when Prince Charles visits the country.’
    • ‘Strict security operations were mounted world-wide in the wake of the attacks.’
    • ‘Cotswold police are mounting a major offensive against violent crime in the run-up to Christmas.’
    • ‘A security operation was mounted outside schools to protect teachers and pupils.’
    • ‘Palestinian Interior Ministry spokesman Tawfiq Abu Khoussa said Palestinian security forces had mounted a search for them.’
    • ‘I suggest he mounts a poster campaign of his own.’
    • ‘To combat this alarming trend, teams of uniformed officers have started mounting random checks on motorists on the main routes in and around York and Selby.’
    organize, stage, prepare, arrange, set up, produce, get up
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    1. 2.1 Establish; set up:
      ‘security forces mounted check points at every key road’
      • ‘Gardai are to mount high-visibility checkpoints throughout the country this weekend in an effort to curb the rising level of road deaths.’
      • ‘On the road running north from Kandahar to Kabul, US special forces were last night mounting roadblocks, hunting for senior Taliban leaders and fighters from Al Qaeda.’
      • ‘Although detectives mounted checkpoints on roads around Lismore within minutes of the alarm being raised, the gang is still at large.’
    2. 2.2 Produce (a play, exhibition, or other artistic event) for public viewing:
      ‘the museum is mounting an exhibition of sixteenth-century drawings’
      ‘the theatre mounted a brilliant all-male ‘As You Like It’’
      ‘police mounted a reconstruction of what they believe happened before the explosion’
      • ‘However, Luang Prabang is increasing pressure to mount the play during the festival as it has the potential to become a major source of revenue for the city.’
      • ‘The Factory Theatre Artistic Director has mounted more than 30 productions throughout his career and knows a thing or two about staging a play.’
      • ‘Irish artists who have yet to mount a solo exhibition at a recognised art gallery are being given an opportunity to do just that by Sligo Art Gallery.’
      • ‘In 1996, the museum mounted an exhibition of the Meyerhoff collection.’
      • ‘If enough information can be found, the museum hopes to mount an exhibition.’
      • ‘Yet it has recently staged four plays about the 20th century, runs a host of youth and community schemes and is now mounting the first play about foot-and-mouth.’
      • ‘Lesley has been impressed by the all-inclusive attitude to mounting a play at the theatre.’
      • ‘Sligo Art Gallery will mount an exhibition of new work by well known Sligo artist Audrey Irwin.’
      • ‘Rochester is banished from the court for writing and mounting a play that ridicules Charles II.’
      • ‘Did you feel that, whatever the drawbacks, it was still important to mount an Asian play on Broadway?’
      • ‘The event being mounted in Boston is a media spectacle devoid of any real debate or struggle.’
      • ‘It is the latest in a series of major international exhibitions mounted by the Kerry Museum in recent years.’
      • ‘In addition, special exhibitions were mounted in some twenty institutions in New York City.’
      • ‘This was an outstanding instance of a private commercial gallery mounting a museum-quality exhibition of a great modernist artist.’
      • ‘Every spring, the museum mounts a festival of short film and videos.’
      • ‘Unlike theatre, in which most productions are built from scratch, the majority of operas are mounted using rented productions that includes sets, props and costumes.’
      • ‘Welcome to Sanctuary, the most moving and I would predict successful exhibition ever mounted by Glasgow's Museum of Modern Art.’
      • ‘It will be the third time that the National Palace Museum has mounted exhibitions in a foreign country.’
      • ‘The fact that the Prime Minister himself is said to have strong-armed London's museums into mounting the festival does not make it inevitable that it will be lousy.’
      • ‘Why then do we continue to mount these plays, so often and with such virtuous resolve?’
      put on display, display, exhibit, present, put in place, install
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  • 3[no object] Grow larger or more numerous:

    ‘the costs mount up when you buy a home’
    • ‘Also watch out for extra costs, as these quickly mount up: our hot buffet breakfast, which was nothing special, came to an eye-watering £40 for two.’
    • ‘Step one - Don't throw away your empty cigarette boxes, keep them and let them mount up.’
    • ‘As disposable nappies mount up in landfill sites, and new research questions their suitability for babies in the first place, Rob Edwards considers the alternatives.’
    • ‘The speed with which penalties mount up actually works against the reduction of outstanding debt.’
    • ‘The astronomical interest rates charged by some credit card and loan companies and the financial pressures of modern living mean debts can mount up at an all-too-alarming rate.’
    • ‘Over a year this could mount up to an extra 3-4Kg of fat.’
    • ‘The latter can quickly mount up to more than €1,000, particularly if your child goes on one or more foreign school trips per year.’
    • ‘Wait any longer and the fines really begin to mount up - a £60-a-day additional penalty has been threatened this year!’
    • ‘Airlines charge a percentage of the first-class fare per kilo of any overweight items and the cost of travelling with a 3kg lamp can soon mount up.’
    • ‘This can mount up very quickly if not spotted, and leave a farmer in serious financial difficulties.’
    • ‘With planning guidelines requiring that a survey be carried out and the cost be borne by the developer before any permission is given, the costs can quickly mount up.’
    • ‘As the murders mount up, the Minneapolis cops swing into action.’
    • ‘Once the points mount up, you will get invitations to other areas of the city where you will have to do the same thing.’
    • ‘All kinds of obstacles and difficulties can mount up, culminating in hopelessness.’
    • ‘And problems continued to mount up from abroad as well.’
    • ‘People think they will just pay the minimum payment but then the charges soon begin to mount up.’
    • ‘A takeaway meal for two can easily cost £20 or more so indulging in one of those every week can soon mount up.’
    • ‘One leading business expert in Hampshire, who is not being named, explained how companies are able to allow such huge debts to mount up.’
    • ‘If you have let debts mount up on an array of cards, the solution is to switch to a lower rate credit card.’
    • ‘If the school has a long list of uniform requirements the costs can mount up rapidly, particularly as the child might quickly grow out of an expensive blazer or need new sports shoes.’
    • ‘It's astonishing how, when you take yourself out of circulation for a couple of days to nurse a chill, things mount up.’
    • ‘A penny here and a penny there can soon mount up to a small fortune.’
    increase, grow, rise, escalate, soar, spiral, leap up, shoot up, rocket, climb, accumulate, accrue, pile up, build up, multiply, intensify, swell
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    1. 3.1 (of a feeling) become stronger or more intense:
      ‘his anxiety mounted as messages were left unanswered’
      • ‘Excitement is mounting at a Canvey school as pupils prepare for an appearance on TV.’
      • ‘Community fears are mounting over the proposed foreshore redevelopment and port enhancement.’
      • ‘However, as anger mounted in the schools and opposition politicians intensified their criticism, there were calls for major protests.’
      • ‘Preparations are underway and excitement is mounting as the children of the Village Montessori Pre-School are getting ready for their Christmas outing.’
      • ‘And excitement is mounting among those travelling back to Mayo for what should be a memorable few days.’
      • ‘The excitement was mounting as the day drew near.’
      • ‘The excitement is mounting, particularly after a couple of signs appeared in the shop window anticipating the event.’
      • ‘Every time Washington vetoes a UN Security Council resolution seeking justice for the Palestinians, Arab anger mounts against the US.’
      • ‘With the grand opening next month, excitement is mounting in what looks set to be a valuable community facility.’
      • ‘Excitement mounts as the magic figure of 235 draws near.’
      • ‘Excitement is mounting in Bofield and surrounding areas as everyone looks forward to January 1, 2003.’
      • ‘Italy's churches draw millions of visitors each year and anger is mounting over how some mistreat the nation's religious heritage.’
      • ‘Frustration is mounting among local skaters as facilities at Five Dock Park fall into disrepair and council promises to upgrade them go unfulfilled.’
      • ‘Her jealously and frustration mounting, Tessa interrupted once more.’
      • ‘As in every town and village in Mayo excitement is mounting in Kiltimagh in the lead up to the All Ireland Football Final next Sunday.’
      • ‘Mitch looked up at Zach in disbelief, anger mounting.’
      • ‘Despite impressive security measures, fear is mounting, and not just among tenants.’
      • ‘It's the fourth such event and the excitement is mounting.’
      • ‘Fears are mounting over the future of sport on the south bank of the Humber after it emerged that one of the area's biggest sports centres may have to close.’
      • ‘On a different note, fears were mounting in the county that Tralee General Hospital could be facing possible downgrading and a loss of vital services under a radical new health service report.’
    2. 3.2 (of blood) rise visibly into the cheeks:
      ‘feeling the blush mount in her cheeks, she looked down quickly’
      • ‘As the heat mounted up in my cheeks, I turned around quickly to avoid Jake's stare.’
  • 4[with adverbial of place] Place or fix (an object) on a support:

    ‘fluorescent lights are mounted on the ceiling’
    ‘the engine is mounted behind the rear seats’
    • ‘The camera lens is mounted on the rear of the device, allowing the screen to be used as the viewfinder.’
    • ‘With cameras mounted on eyeglass frames, he suggests, we can document every moment of our lives and create a second-by-second digital diary.’
    • ‘He asked students to frame and focus certain objects using a camera mounted on a tripod and click.’
    • ‘One of the cameras was mounted on a tripod, and was manually carried between different locations in the chapel to capture close-ups and panning shots.’
    • ‘Engines were mounted on the bottom to help it propel upwards.’
    • ‘Seeing that all the toads were now enthusiastically enjoying their morning repast, he reached up and threw the first switch on a grimy control panel mounted on the wall behind him.’
    • ‘His car is described as a small, purple vehicle with a row of triangular or diamond brake lights mounted on the back.’
    • ‘Instead, the fairs now had powerful diesel engines mounted on lorries.’
    • ‘The school currently has CCTV cameras mounted on its roof but in the past vandals have been able to climb onto the building and damage the cameras during a spree - rendering them ineffective.’
    • ‘He even lit the candles mounted on the wall, I had thought they were only there for decoration.’
    • ‘It is mounted on a support beam under my rear deck.’
    • ‘And a robot with a camera mounted on it was being sent up a narrow shaft to discover what was behind a sealed door.’
    • ‘The technique works best if you keep the camera mounted on a tripod so each successive exposure is level with the others.’
    • ‘The test strips for measuring glucose contain a measuring pad mounted on a solid support strip.’
    • ‘On the mudflat wasteland he set up a video camera mounted on a tripod.’
    • ‘In medical photography three major forms of lighting are used: a ring flash, a single flash unit mounted on the camera or studio lighting.’
    • ‘Your eye doctor will hold your eye open and examine each eye with a very bright light mounted on his or her forehead - a bit like a miner's lamp.’
    • ‘Sanctioned by the Department for Transport, it has allowed the partnership to purchase six new mobile cameras that can be mounted on tripods or on vans.’
    • ‘A white van with flashing lights mounted on its roof screeched around a corner ahead of them, barely stopping before armed and armored Watch officers tumbled out of the side doors.’
    • ‘He had what appeared to be a brand new panoramic camera mounted on a tripod.’
    • ‘A new mobile speed camera mounted on a motorbike has caught nearly 1,000 motorists in just 38 hours on Wiltshire's roads.’
    • ‘The engine is mounted on a deck supported by four adjustable wheels, all connected to a long handle that has controls for operation.’
    • ‘In 1880, arc lights were mounted on huge towers in Wabash, Indiana, illuminating the entire city.’
    install, place, fix, set, erect, put up, attach, put in position, secure
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    1. 4.1 Set in or attach to a backing or setting:
      ‘the photographs will be mounted and framed’
      • ‘Her original relief sculptures are mounted on watercolor paper and photographed.’
      • ‘The modern world intrudes, too, in the form of small framed photographs mounted on a work's surface.’
      • ‘She looked at the various framed certificates, mounted onto the peach colored wall, that were arranged in an unbelievably neat order.’
      • ‘I then mounted the print onto a Masonite board, which was slightly smaller than the print to ensure the outer border would be concealed behind the deckled edges.’
      • ‘He mounts photomontages of nightmarish imagery, amusing and dangerous, on all kinds of rich and startling supports.’
      • ‘Another factor to consider is how the photograph is mounted.’
      • ‘Other drawings and photographs, projected as slides or mounted on easels, picked out details of the city, highlighting the jumble of old and new.’
      • ‘She frequently hires Tucker to mount and frame art images she finds in publications and on postcards.’
      • ‘For the installation, Sui mounted glamorously framed replicas of 17th-century still-life paintings on three red walls.’
      • ‘The vintage posters are offered archivally mounted onto linen for conservation purposes or unmounted in their original state.’
      • ‘Chapter thirteen covers the various options available for mounting your photos.’
      • ‘Six triangular wedges, which can be pieced together to create a solid hexagon, have been separated and mounted along the wall of the stairway.’
      • ‘These pictures would later be hand-colored and mounted together to form a large design.’
      • ‘Therefore, when mounting large, heavy objects, the mass of the object should be distributed over a wider surface than in a standard frame, Storch emphasized.’
      • ‘The artist mounted 12 such leaf images on a black background, creating a grid that is filled with spring colors and life.’
      • ‘The fresco is mounted onto a customized Masonite backing for reinforcement.’
      install, place, fix, set, erect, put up, attach, put in position, secure
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    2. 4.2 Fix (an object for viewing) on a microscope slide.
      • ‘Dehydrated flies were mounted for electron microscopy.’
      • ‘The stained roots were mounted in lactoglycerol onto microscope slides.’
      • ‘The treated millipedes were then mounted between two glass microscope slides using Euparal mounting medium.’
      • ‘Stained elements were dehydrated in a graded series of alcohols, cleared in xylene, and mounted in histological resin.’
      • ‘By adhering to the cover slips during mounting, most of the isolated, two-dimensional fossils were usefully oriented into a single focal plane.’
      • ‘Plant tissue samples were placed on cover slips and mounted in water.’
      • ‘Slides were counterstained with hematoxylin and mounted.’
      • ‘Sections were counterstained with hematoxylin and mounted in permanent mounting medium.’
      • ‘The coverslip was mounted in Vectashield and viewed under a fluorescence microscope.’
      • ‘Slides were counterstained with hematoxylin, dehydrated, and mounted with glass coverslips.’
      • ‘The root sections were mounted under coverslips using an anti-fade mountant.’
      • ‘Stained and washed cells were maintained on ice until mounted for microscopy.’
      • ‘The slides were then dehydrated and cleared in graded alcohol and xylene, respectively, and mounted with a coverglass.’
      • ‘They were then washed with purified water, allowed to dry and mounted onto microscope slides, cells side up.’
      • ‘The coverslips were mounted, cell side up, on labelled microscope slides.’
      • ‘Small fragments of liver tissue were placed on slides in a drop of 45% acetic acid, mounted under coverslips and squashed.’
      • ‘The slides were finally mounted with coverslips and coded for analysis to avoid bias.’
      • ‘Slides were washed twice with buffer and mounted for microscopy.’
      • ‘The sections were mounted, stained with toluidine blue, scanned and photographed under a microscope.’
      • ‘After a final wash, coverslips were mounted in Vectashield mounting medium.’
    3. 4.3Computing Make (a disk or disk drive) available for use:
      ‘there is a limit to the number of hard disks you can have mounted’
      • ‘Finally, the site administrator makes the package available by mounting it (one or more times) via the administrative site map.’
      • ‘It has also been claimed that part or all of the device's memory can be mounted on a host computer's desktop as a removable storage device.’
      • ‘These virtual disks can be formatted and file systems or databases mounted on them just like any conventional physical disk.’
      • ‘To have a look at the contents of the disk image, mount it as a loop device using these commands.’
      • ‘Instructions on configuring the system to use your modem, mounting your CD-ROM and optimizing the kernel for firewalling are also given.’

noun

  • 1A backing or setting on which a photograph, gem, or work of art is set for display:

    ‘a decorated photograph mount’
    ‘delicate mounts for necklaces, earrings, and rings’
    • ‘The auction catalog described the ring as being an emerald-cut diamond of approximately 9.10 carats on a platinum mount, flanked by two baguette diamonds.’
    • ‘Daguerre even handwrote an inscription to Cailleux on the back of the mount.’
    • ‘Deep, wide mounts and frames give a work of art a gravitas that clip frames never manage.’
    • ‘These are fourteen-by-seventeen-inch platinum prints, each in art deco mounts and signed by Curtis.’
    • ‘By far the two most often used materials for mounts are wood and acrylic blocks.’
    • ‘Ms Laubin began by carefully removing the old frames and mounts (the acidic nature of the mounts had caused a colour change in the watercolours).’
    • ‘The total price is £55 approx per map (£15 + for the mount, the rest on the frame).’
    • ‘Ever resourceful, the Duchess commanded her dealer to take photographs of the paintings of the same size and place them in their original mounts and frames.’
    • ‘Tasteful engraving highlighted these silver mounts and inlays, as well as the case-hardened lock.’
    • ‘He also employed Galle to regild the mounts with matt gilding.’
    • ‘When starting out as a small business, it may be best to buy cases and mounts from a local arts and crafts store.’
    • ‘One meter by one and a half: those were the largest sheets of cardboard you could buy, and we used them for the mounts.’
    • ‘The museum used patterned mounts instead of wood or paper.’
    • ‘The printed paper sheets were pasted onto canvas mounts for display.’
    • ‘It is inscribed, signed and dated by the photographer in pencil on the mount.’
    setting, backing, support, mounting, fixture, frame, stand, base
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    1. 1.1 A glass microscope slide for securing a specimen to be viewed.
      • ‘Spores may be demonstrated by phase-contrast microscopy of wet mounts, where they appear mature and retractile.’
      • ‘The bottom shows uranyl-acetate-stained whole mounts of gonococci.’
      • ‘Each specimen was also examined microscopically as a wet mount.’
      • ‘All other specimens were tested using whole mounts, not sections.’
      • ‘Purkinje was the first to make glass slide mounts with Canada balsam.’
      • ‘Bacterial cell morphology was examined using transmission electron microscopy of thin sections and whole mounts of gonococci.’
      • ‘The medical technologist prepared a wet mount of the specimen to determine if an adequate number of columnar epithelial cells were present.’
    2. 1.2 A stamp hinge.
      • ‘Because stamps are damaged by glue, tape and other commercial adhesives, collectors use only stamp hinges and stamp mounts that are specially designed for postage stamp display.’
      • ‘Stamp mounts allow you to safely secure your stamps to an album page, without damaging the stamp.’
  • 2A support for a gun, camera, or similar piece of equipment:

    ‘heavy cannon were torn from their mounts’
    ‘a mount for a pair of binoculars’
    • ‘This might necessitate a steel reinforcing plate in the cargo bed to support the mount, but this would provide additional mine protection.’
    • ‘The mounts are available through your local hardware stores.’
    • ‘Drives can be installed in the rack mount using pins and compression clips.’
    • ‘He takes a piece of soft plastic and replaces the rubber mount.’
    • ‘What he can do is check or even replace your motor mounts.’
    • ‘This of course requires adequate stabilization of the camera and its mount.’
    • ‘The large fallen box structure with a post sticking out to starboard is the gun mount.’
    • ‘The company specialises in the supply of professional television and video camera mounts.’
    • ‘The pump comes with a mount, making mounting the pump on the bike possible.’
    • ‘For example, the Gibbs team used to make motor mounts by hand out of steel.’
    • ‘The eyepiece is quickly and easily affixed with a three point bayonet mount.’
    • ‘Place the front and rear base mounts in their proper place on the receiver.’
    • ‘Again, we'll be looking at the engines, looking at the engine mounts.’
    • ‘Jonah rigged up a narrow plywood sheet with screws threaded in at various points; it's now our camera mount and steadicam in one.’
    • ‘She designed a camera mount to be attached to her wheelchair that makes it possible for her to return to work.’
    • ‘Dad relented and soon I had a set of shiny new see-through scope mounts on my rifle.’
    • ‘Also, many times gilt bronze mounts were added in the 19th century.’
    • ‘While in Germany, many of the original brackets and mounts were stripped out and thrown away.’
    • ‘Grade 45 steel is used on the front shock mounts, and parts of the front bulkhead, front subframe mounts, and rear structure.’
    • ‘He'll have mounts available and will help you work out the perfect setup for your glider and camera.’
    • ‘The vehicles will also be fitted with equipment required for deployed operations such as radio mounts, weapon racks, storage space for webbing and armour.’
    • ‘These aircraft had larger freight doors and were fitted with the necessary camera mounts and photo ports.’
  • 3A horse that is ridden or is available for riding:

    ‘he hung on to his mount's bridle’
    • ‘Hoke turned his mount and rode back to find the others.’
    • ‘I landed on my feet and calmed my mount, trying to lead her forward.’
    • ‘Margie Engle was riding her Sydney Olympic mount, Hidden Creek's Perin.’
    • ‘He took the class lead when he rode his mount, Éclair, to a penalty-free ride in 54.582 seconds.’
    • ‘Theroux hung back, keeping the reins tight in his hands, and his mount at a slow trot.’
    • ‘Though she was confident in her mount's abilities, she says bringing home the gold was a surprise.’
    • ‘I relished each snort and stomp from our mounts as we rode along the grey dusty road.’
    • ‘Pia has had her mount longer than any of her team mates, and that relationship served the pair well throughout the team competition.’
    • ‘They were prized as racing and riding mounts for warriors and tribal leaders.’
    • ‘They quickly jumped on their mounts and rode out of the city, not looking back until they had safely reached the ridge.’
    • ‘Her mount bolted, unseating her but her foot was entangled in a stirrup.’
    • ‘Rider Pablo Morales was also unseated when his mount Pavlina fell over Happy Face.’
    • ‘During his surveying days, he used to pick up mounts from livery stables owned by Ernest and Emma Julian.’
    • ‘Some soldiers had saved their mounts by hiding them on farms; other horses had been sequestered in countries far and wide.’
    • ‘When the gap came, Fallon guided his mount through and the horse accelerated well to the line.’
    • ‘The five of them dug their heels into the flanks of their mounts.’
    • ‘He turned his mount back to the city and galloped away.’
    • ‘As they drew closer, he could see the rider huddled over the neck of his mount.’
    • ‘Madden and her new mount Conquest II topped the field of 63 horses in the one-round speed event.’
    • ‘Living amidst the harsh steppes had bred hardy riders as well as mounts - horses that were said to be able to outrun the wind itself.’
    1. 3.1 An opportunity to ride a horse, especially as a jockey:
      ‘the jockey's injuries forced him to give up the coveted mount on Cool Ground’
      • ‘With 112 wins from 407 mounts, Clifton Berry finished atop the jockey standings.’
      • ‘His 53 wins from 155 mounts earned him the leading jockey title.’
      • ‘For Dos Ramos, the victory made up for a day of hard luck, as the jockey lost all three of his regularly scheduled mounts on the card due to scratches.’
      • ‘Maryland-based jockey Ramon Dominguez will retain the mount.’
      • ‘Kieren Fallon, Sir Michael's number-one jockey, takes the mount on both runners.’
      • ‘Jockey John Velazquez has the mount on the half brother to Group 1 winner Sophisticat in the one-mile event, carded as the fifth race.’
      • ‘Ben Russell finished second in the jockey standings with 100 wins from 445 mounts.’
      • ‘French champion jockey Dominique Boeuf won the challenge with two winning mounts.’
      • ‘Albarado entered Thursday in second place on Keeneland Race Course's jockey standings with 11 wins from 60 mounts.’
      • ‘Pedro Alvarado won the jockey title with 122 wins from 576 mounts, which earned $1,806,064 in purses.’
      • ‘He is named on two mounts on Thursday at Churchill and is scheduled to ride during the Ellis Park meeting, which begins on July 12.’
      • ‘Officials from the track contacted jockeys later that evening to determine who would accept mounts at Tuesday's draw for Thursday's races.’
      • ‘Arroyo has ridden 124 winners this year from 1,001 mounts.’
      • ‘Ricky Frazier won the riding title with 109 wins, and his 555 mounts earned $1,208,018.’
      • ‘Regular jockey Jeremy Rose has the mount on Afleet Alex in the Juvenile and the pair will start from post three in the field of eight.’
      • ‘Jimmy Quinn, his usual jockey, takes the mount.’
      • ‘He could achieve his goal on Sunday; he is set to ride seven mounts on the nine race card at the Northern California oval.’
      • ‘Jockey Frankie Dettori will have the mount aboard the three-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Wild Rush.’
      • ‘Jockey Alan Daly, who did ride on Saturday, picked up two mounts on horses that other jockeys had refused to ride in protest of the low purses.’
      • ‘Richard Hughes picks up the mount after jockey Olivier Peslier was injured this week.’
      • ‘Win's Fair Lady is trained by Bobby Barbara and jockey Richard Migliore has the mount.’
      • ‘Norman also said New York-based jockey Edgar Prado will come in for the mount replacing regular rider Jamie Theriot.’
      • ‘Jockey Travis Dunkelberger enjoyed a record afternoon on Wednesday at Timonium when he rode seven winners from nine mounts.’

Phrases

  • mount guard

    • Keep watch:

      ‘the police had to mount guard over the statue’
      • ‘Four silent sentinels still mounted guard at each corner of the coffin but the long queues of visitors had gone.’
      • ‘She and Amber had been mounting guard outside the sitting room.’
      • ‘Villagers now have to mount guard on their homes and crops at night making loud noises and letting off fireworks to scare off marauding boars.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French munter, based on Latin mons, mont- mountain.

Pronunciation

mount

/maʊnt/

Main definitions of mount in English

: mount1mount2

mount2

noun

  • 1A mountain or hill (archaic except in place names):

    ‘Mount Etna’
    • ‘The small isle of St. Michael's Mount, accessible by foot when the tide is out, has been home to a priory, castle and stately home.’
    • ‘The special status of Mount Everest was confirmed back in 1852, when the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India determined that Everest (or Peak XV, as it was known then) was indeed the highest mountain in the world.’
    • ‘Yet the Jewish people were not permitted to stay there for more than a short while, and the mount was never given significance as a holy site.’
    • ‘How wonderful, therefore, to see water lapping against the foot of the mount at Clifford's Tower, just as its builders intended.’
  • 2Any of several fleshy prominences on the palm of the hand regarded in palmistry as signifying the degree of influence of a particular planet:

    ‘the mount of Mars’
    • ‘Figure 4 shows the traditional rulership between lines and mounts.’
    • ‘In order to judge the value and success of the Fate Line, the lines of Life and Head, together with the ruling mounts and thumb must be in good formation.’
    • ‘Sometimes only a single line can be seen crossing the palm below the mounts under the fingers.’
    • ‘Venus has the large mount under the thumb and the Moon rules the mount opposite at the edge of the hand.’

Origin

Old English munt, from Latin mons, mont- mountain, reinforced in Middle English by Old French mont.

Pronunciation

mount

/maʊnt/