Definition of hill in US English:

hill

noun

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

    • ‘The terrain can be hills and mountains as well as towers and buildings.’
    • ‘Along the fields, natural waterfalls on the hills or mountains were spreading their beauty like a folding screen.’
    • ‘Except for the Terminal Moraine boulders of the area's natural hills and valleys, the Park is completely manmade.’
    • ‘The instructions were to design a simple landscape sketch using a minimum of five to six land forms - hills, mountains, lakes and so on.’
    • ‘Your garden may be influenced by very different topography: mountains, hills, flat or rolling plains.’
    • ‘The weather in southwestern Germany, with its mountain peaks and rolling hills, can turn nasty in a hurry.’
    • ‘Above the crest of the craggy hill the pilots had landed on, a small squad of Germans appeared, shouting and motioning to the parachutes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The flat plains became gently rolling hills and the hills merged with high mountains.’
    • ‘Backward rolls were always more difficult, though, because there was no way to see the end of the hill or mountainside.’
    • ‘The tribes, rightly, are required to show their connections with various rivers, mountains, hills, and land sites.’
    • ‘We have been blessed with everything from deserts and rolling hills to cloud-shrouded mountain peaks.’
    • ‘Rowan Hill is well situated in a very exclusive area overlooking the valley, hills and mountains around Mallow.’
    • ‘The countryside is beautiful, with farmhouses and rice paddies in the valleys, surrounded by wooded hills and mountains.’
    • ‘Forests, meadow land, rolling hills and mountains, all populated with small villages, are on the menu.’
    • ‘The landscape of the study area is characterized by low hills and flat lands within the San Miguel de Allende Graben.’
    • ‘Outside it represents upper areas on the landscape, open fields, hills and land that rises higher than the rest.’
    • ‘We are in a rather remote area in a wooded hills near the Pennsylvania border.’
    • ‘The interior consists of mountains, hills, valleys, and a high central plateau.’
    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 piece of road or trail.
      ‘they were climbing a steep hill in low gear’
      • ‘The customer also added that the car seemed to run strange whenever she was descending a hill or steep grade.’
      • ‘I was going up a hill on an 80k road, and he told me to accelerate.’
      • ‘Scary Street runs up a steep hill to a T junction onto a busy road.’
      • ‘Practice braking before you try any steep slopes or hills.’
      • ‘We had nearly 40 kilometers on flat open roads before hitting the hills.’
      • ‘From the south and west, leave the M20 at junction 7, turning left along the slip road and up the hill.’
      • ‘She remembered the mountain road with its steep hills and sharp curves.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mosport is a very tricky track, with hills, drops and off camber turns.’
      • ‘Ignore side roads as you go up the hill and over a cross roads with traffic lights.’
      • ‘He drove up to the hills along the remembered roads, frightening in their familiarity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Carry on up the hill until the road begins to drop again.’
      • ‘Time after time, he and the girls go back to the same hills, the same stretches of road.’
      • ‘You have to leave the main road and climb a steep hill to finally descend into Marigot Bay, a yachtsman's dream of shelter.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A tricky road, on a hill where the cars, as they coast down, can't help but nudge over 30.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The course has steep hills, and the roads sweep wide, then narrow to cobblestones.’
      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’
      • ‘But all this variety and good looks wouldn't amount to a hill of slush without some solid control.’
      • ‘Dip in to any part of the page and it's like lifting a rock off a hill of sleaze.’
      • ‘He was standing on a hill of sand, so he was much higher than her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was of course empty, except for the small hills of old hay piled in corners.’
      • ‘Of course, a few of these stretched into Fygrai, leading down a hill of covered-over rubble towards another settlement.’
      • ‘More often than not, such endeavors end with a pile of bills and a hill of broken hearts.’
      heap, pile, stack, mass, mound, mountain, quantity, load
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  • 2the Hillinformal

    short for Capitol Hill

verb

[with object]
  • 1Form (something) into a heap.

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

Phrases

  • a hill of beans

    • informal with negativeA 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 prime.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Older rugby players proved they are not over the hill at the start of Swindon's Masters in Sport Tag Rugby sessions.’
      • ‘A rider can arrive at the start of the Tour under-form, but not over the hill.’
      • ‘Of course she is completely over the hill and everyone knows it.’
      • ‘The smart young women at the agency made it clear that they considered me well over the hill.’
      • ‘I had my second child at 39 and that really was considered over the hill.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At an age when most batsmen are over the hill, he is producing some of the best batting of his career.’
      • ‘His vibrant symphonies four, five and six show him at his peak, but this sinfonia is over the hill.’
      past one's prime, not as young as one was, not as young as one used to be
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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

/hil//hɪl/