Definition of hill in English:

hill

noun

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

    • ‘Your garden may be influenced by very different topography: mountains, hills, flat or rolling plains.’
    • ‘Along the fields, natural waterfalls on the hills or mountains were spreading their beauty like a folding screen.’
    • ‘The countryside is beautiful, with farmhouses and rice paddies in the valleys, surrounded by wooded hills and mountains.’
    • ‘Topography in both areas consists of extensive plains and low hills among mountain ranges.’
    • ‘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 instructions were to design a simple landscape sketch using a minimum of five to six land forms - hills, mountains, lakes and so on.’
    • ‘The southern region is of volcanic origin, with a mountainous terrain of red clay hills, waterfalls, rivers, and streams.’
    • ‘The terrain can be hills and mountains as well as towers and buildings.’
    • ‘Backward rolls were always more difficult, though, because there was no way to see the end of the hill or mountainside.’
    • ‘We are in a rather remote area in a wooded hills near the Pennsylvania border.’
    • ‘Outside it represents upper areas on the landscape, open fields, hills and land that rises higher than the rest.’
    • ‘The tribes, rightly, are required to show their connections with various rivers, mountains, hills, and land sites.’
    • ‘The weather in southwestern Germany, with its mountain peaks and rolling hills, can turn nasty in a hurry.’
    • ‘The flat plains became gently rolling hills and the hills merged with high mountains.’
    • ‘Rowan Hill is well situated in a very exclusive area overlooking the valley, hills and mountains around Mallow.’
    • ‘Forests, meadow land, rolling hills and mountains, all populated with small villages, are on the menu.’
    • ‘The interior consists of mountains, hills, valleys, and a high central plateau.’
    • ‘We have been blessed with everything from deserts and rolling hills to cloud-shrouded mountain peaks.’
    • ‘Except for the Terminal Moraine boulders of the area's natural hills and valleys, the Park is completely manmade.’
    • ‘The landscape of the study area is characterized by low hills and flat lands within the San Miguel de Allende Graben.’
    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.’
      • ‘Ignore side roads as you go up the hill and over a cross roads with traffic lights.’
      • ‘You have to leave the main road and climb a steep hill to finally descend into Marigot Bay, a yachtsman's dream of shelter.’
      • ‘He drove up to the hills along the remembered roads, frightening in their familiarity.’
      • ‘Scary Street runs up a steep hill to a T junction onto a busy road.’
      • ‘We had nearly 40 kilometers on flat open roads before hitting the hills.’
      • ‘I was going up a hill on an 80k road, and he told me to accelerate.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Time after time, he and the girls go back to the same hills, the same stretches of road.’
      • ‘From the south and west, leave the M20 at junction 7, turning left along the slip road and up the hill.’
      • ‘The course has steep hills, and the roads sweep wide, then narrow to cobblestones.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Practice braking before you try any steep slopes or hills.’
      • ‘She remembered the mountain road with its steep hills and sharp curves.’
      • ‘Mosport is a very tricky track, with hills, drops and off camber turns.’
      • ‘Buses were having trouble getting up the hill on that stretch of road, York Region police say.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A tricky road, on a hill where the cars, as they coast down, can't help but nudge over 30.’
      • ‘The structures are so familiar - the way the hills and the roads intersect is so similar.’
      • ‘Carry on up the hill until the road begins to drop again.’
      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’
      • ‘The couscous plate is a hill of semoule with carrots, chickpeas, a potato, two merguez and savoury broth.’
      • ‘Dip in to any part of the page and it's like lifting a rock off a hill of sleaze.’
      • ‘It was of course empty, except for the small hills of old hay piled in corners.’
      • ‘It is a position that has long been no more than a hill of rhetorical dung.’
      • ‘More often than not, such endeavors end with a pile of bills and a hill of broken hearts.’
      • ‘Dune land is made up of mounds or small hills of sand that are piled up by the wind.’
      • ‘But all this variety and good looks wouldn't amount to a hill of slush without some solid control.’
      • ‘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.’
      heap, pile, stack, mass, mound, mountain, quantity, load
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  • 2the Hillinformal

    short for Capitol Hill

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’
      • ‘Producers are working at hilling corn and soybeans.’
      • ‘Corn plants are in 8-to 9-leaf stages, with hilling complete in most areas.’
      • ‘An alternative to this is hilling up the stem with more soil when it is 10-12 inches tall.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Always hoe level rather than hilling soil up around the plants, which peanuts don't like at all.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The process is known as hilling and is done just before the ground is likely to freeze solid.’
      • ‘Cultivation and hilling for irrigation were active.’

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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The problem at the Norfolk, Va., storage facility wasn't just a hill of beans.’
  • as old as the hills

    • Of very long standing or very great age (often used in exaggerated statements)

      • ‘Now this debate might be and probably is as old as the hills - I honestly don't know, but I can at least guess.’
      • ‘To value the sound of a poem as much as its written meaning may seem like a new thing; in fact it's as old as the hills.’
      • ‘The story of men clinging to power long after they have outlived their uselessness is as old as the hills and just as obvious.’
      • ‘What's going on is not exceptional… it's a story as old as the hills and a lot older than the Internet.’
      • ‘Feeling as old as the hills, I get my coat and leave.’
      • ‘The idea of marriage is almost as old as the hills and was performed even in the most primitive of human societies and cultures.’
      • ‘Some of the reasons for this are as old as the hills.’
      • ‘The story is as old as the hills, and there can be nothing compelling about such hackneyed themes.’
      • ‘Sure, this technique is as old as the hills, but it works.’
      • ‘The schemes and lures used to motivate us to forward chain letters are as old as the hills, and we only annoy our friends by sending them on.’
  • over the hill

    • informal Old and past one's prime.

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

    • All over the place.

      ‘he led me up hill and down dale till my feet were dropping off’
      • ‘I've been contacting agencies and employers directly, etc and in the last month I've been up hill and down dale visiting these agencies and having interviews.’
      • ‘The Hull University humanities students had enrolled in a Yorkshire Studies course and were beginning to take a scholarly journey up hill and down dale.’
      • ‘He said he was not looking for sympathy for Hart who, with his family, had been ‘harassed literally up hill and down dale by some of the media’.’
      • ‘But he took great pleasure in making me tramp all over the farm, up hill and down dale, and I was wearing a collar and tie.’
      • ‘‘Back then we did what we can't do now, walking up hill and down dale,’ said 76-year-old Ron.’
      • ‘You can walk up hill and down dale all in the space of a few hundred metres.’
      • ‘Watching the truculent teens toil up hill and down dale with huge loads strapped to their backs may get repetitive, but then suffering is a key part of reality's sadomasochistic charm.’
      • ‘So they had to move the traffic this way and that, up hill and down dale, in order to carry on with their work and keep it ‘flowing’.’
      • ‘After struggling 27 kilometres up hill and down dale today, the relief is so palpable that I can almost hear all my limbs sigh in unison.’
      • ‘The contents could not be pumped up hill and down dale if the pipe were only half-full.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

hill

/hil/