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 to the front door’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We heard a heavy footfall at the bottom of the stair, but it did not do more than mount the first step.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sighing, she shifted her grip on the painting and mounted the stairs.’
    • ‘I glanced at Slyder as we mounted the three front steps to the Thawyer residence.’
    • ‘Carrying a small lantern, she mounted the seventy stairs to her husband's chamber.’
    • ‘Tabitha was aware of the change in slope as they mounted the hill, but didn't slow down.’
    • ‘They mounted the stairs behind Eric and Jane, and James noticed that Scarlett was getting paler by the minute.’
    • ‘After clearing his head he stomped off to the staircase and mounted the stairs to his room.’
    • ‘Slowly, Betty mounted the stairs, feeling as if she were in some sort of horror movie.’
    • ‘Travis mounts the stairs hesitantly, leaving Greg and Danielle to sit in silence in the living room.’
    • ‘John mounted the stairs to Angela's bedroom, where he once again faced a locked door.’
    • ‘Grazing goats ignore us as we mount the hill toward the church.’
    • ‘Without forming any kind of back-up plan or even anything resembling thought, I found myself mounting the stairs that lead to my apartment.’
    • ‘The two men went through an emergency door to their right, where Lamb mounted a steel ladder and began to climb.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jonathan nodded and began to mount the stairs, feeling his excitement grow with each step.’
    • ‘Jennifer made it though the door and mounted the spiral staircase within.’
    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 onto (a raised surface)
      ‘the master of ceremonies mounted the platform’
      • ‘Schoolchildren had to jump out of the way after a car mounted a pavement at Market Hill, Maldon, a court heard on Monday.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Officers were told Jacobson's car had mounted the kerb and it had been swerving before it collided with a lamppost.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Thus it was that at 2.00 pm on the 30th January 1649 Charles mounted the execution platform accompanied only by Bishop Juxon.’
      • ‘The young woman left badly injured when his car struck her after mounting a central reservation is calling for him to be jailed.’
      • ‘She was hit by a speeding car which mounted the pavement as she was walking to the shops.’
      • ‘The car mounted the kerb on a bend and crossed on to the other side of the road where it hit the Citroen van.’
      • ‘It is understood the car mounted a pavement and struck a lamppost but then sped off.’
      • ‘The car mounted the kerb before striking the sloped wall at Castleyards and coming to rest on its side in Junction Road.’
      • ‘Eight children were injured when a car mounted the pavement in Norwood High Street, after colliding with another vehicle.’
      • ‘Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi quickly mounted the podium to move that the conference reject the resignation.’
      • ‘I would stop all the lorries thundering through the high street and delivery vans mounting the pavements, blocking shop entrances.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The victim was walking along Jubilee Street when the car mounted the pavement, knocking into her and a teenager.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But then he turned round and mounted the slightly raised platform where the government sits.’
      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.
      • ‘After he mounted the elephant, it refused to cross the Bagmati River on its way into exile.’
      • ‘Lydon deftly mounted the beast and urged her to about face.’
      • ‘The sky is rosy as we mount our bikes and set off down the hill in the bracing cold.’
      • ‘Rave saluted the general, mounted his horse and rode back to Fort Nilton.’
      • ‘Scores of students were caught on camera mounting their bicycles either without their helmets, with helmets unfastened or casually slung across their handlebars.’
      • ‘Joe offered up a small prayer of gratitude and mounted the pinto mare.’
      • ‘He marched down the front steps and mounted his horse before riding off down the street.’
      • ‘I stormed out of the house, mounted my bike and rode down to the lake.’
      • ‘Each morning the boy watched his father mount his horse and ride away toward the Court of Justice.’
      • ‘Managing a nervous smile, Alicia wished him good night, mounted her bicycle and rode home, her mind a muddle of happiness and apprehension.’
      • ‘He quickly mounted his horse and rode off to the shack.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘My grandfather has horses,’ she said simply, easily mounting the mare.’
      • ‘‘I will ride ahead,’ he said, mounting his horse, which whinnied and trotted back a few steps.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And when they mounted their ponies and rode away, we were more alarmed than ever, for we feared they had gone for reinforcements.’
      • ‘Pat offered to drive him to the vicarage and back, but he was adamant in refusal, mounted his bicycle, and pedalled off.’
      • ‘He handed Alice the message, mounted his horse and rode away.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘A few guests were already mounted for the road, half asleep, bloat-faced and red-eyed, leaning to and fro in their saddles.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All the men were mounted when d'Auvergne walked over to Isabel.’
      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) get on (a female) for the purpose of copulation.
      • ‘Both cats growled as the male mounted the great lioness.’
      • ‘A male would sometimes mount a female three or four times in succession.’
      • ‘Male seaweed flies, for instance, are more likely to mount females if they have had prior exposure to seaweed.’
      • ‘The bull seemed quite comfortable in his new home and promptly mounted one of the females, much to the delight of everyone.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The males mount the females for one-to two-minute intervals before copulation actually takes place.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This permits the male to mount her back and attempt copulation by curling his abdomen to clasp her genitalia.’
      • ‘When the male mounts the female he will normally grab and hold her rear quarters, his forelegs wrapped around her waist.’
      • ‘When our male cat tries to mount the female, she hisses and scratches and fights him off - does your female fight?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Because the male turkeys were so unnaturally bloated they were unable to mount the female turkeys.’
      • ‘Copulations in which the male forcefully mounted the female in the absence of female solicitation were regarded as forced.’
    5. 1.5[no object] (of the blood or its color) rise 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.’
  • 2Organize and initiate (a campaign or other significant course of action)

    ‘the company had successfully mounted takeover bids’
    • ‘This newspaper understands that the government is already preparing to mount a campaign to soften up the public in advance of the referendum campaign.’
    • ‘I suggest he mounts a poster campaign of his own.’
    • ‘Justice has mounted what looks like a serious antitrust investigation.’
    • ‘Cotswold police are mounting a major offensive against violent crime in the run-up to Christmas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But as we have demonstrated we will mount checks in the outer areas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Race organizers have since mounted an educational campaign to warn runners about the dangers of excessive drinking.’
    • ‘Residents mounted a campaign against the plans, saying a telecommunications mast would not only spoil the landscape but pose a potential health risk.’
    • ‘The World Health Organisation is mounting a campaign to eradicate the wild polio virus from the world by 2005.’
    • ‘Saintfield residents have mounted a campaign to block plans for two proposed housing developments in the town.’
    • ‘Green Party's Mary White will also mount a strong challenge for the final seat here.’
    • ‘Palestinian Interior Ministry spokesman Tawfiq Abu Khoussa said Palestinian security forces had mounted a search for them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A security operation was mounted outside schools to protect teachers and pupils.’
    • ‘Meanwhile six fans were arrested in Bristol after police mounted an operation to contain violence.’
    • ‘Mrs Dearnley said parents are mounting a campaign to stop the closure going ahead.’
    • ‘Then, in May 1944, German airborne forces mounted a daring raid that came close to capturing Tito.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Flying supplies and reinforcements into the garrison, Slim mounted an overland campaign that gradually broke through to his besieged forces.’
    • ‘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.’
    organize, stage, prepare, arrange, set up, produce, get up
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    1. 2.1 Establish; set up.
      ‘security forces mounted checkpoints 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); present for public view or display.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In addition, special exhibitions were mounted in some twenty institutions in New York City.’
      • ‘Sligo Art Gallery will mount an exhibition of new work by well known Sligo artist Audrey Irwin.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It will be the third time that the National Palace Museum has mounted exhibitions in a foreign country.’
      • ‘The Factory Theatre Artistic Director has mounted more than 30 productions throughout his career and knows a thing or two about staging a play.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The event being mounted in Boston is a media spectacle devoid of any real debate or struggle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In 1996, the museum mounted an exhibition of the Meyerhoff collection.’
      • ‘This was an outstanding instance of a private commercial gallery mounting a museum-quality exhibition of a great modernist artist.’
      • ‘It is the latest in a series of major international exhibitions mounted by the Kerry Museum in recent years.’
      • ‘Welcome to Sanctuary, the most moving and I would predict successful exhibition ever mounted by Glasgow's Museum of Modern Art.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Step one - Don't throw away your empty cigarette boxes, keep them and let them mount up.’
    • ‘Once the points mount up, you will get invitations to other areas of the city where you will have to do the same thing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Over a year this could mount up to an extra 3-4Kg of fat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A penny here and a penny there can soon mount up to a small fortune.’
    • ‘People think they will just pay the minimum payment but then the charges soon begin to mount up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wait any longer and the fines really begin to mount up - a £60-a-day additional penalty has been threatened this year!’
    • ‘All kinds of obstacles and difficulties can mount up, culminating in hopelessness.’
    • ‘This can mount up very quickly if not spotted, and leave a farmer in serious financial difficulties.’
    • ‘If you have let debts mount up on an array of cards, the solution is to switch to a lower rate credit card.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One leading business expert in Hampshire, who is not being named, explained how companies are able to allow such huge debts 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And problems continued to mount up from abroad as well.’
    • ‘The speed with which penalties mount up actually works against the reduction of outstanding debt.’
    • ‘It's astonishing how, when you take yourself out of circulation for a couple of days to nurse a chill, things mount up.’
    • ‘As the murders mount up, the Minneapolis cops swing into action.’
    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’
      • ‘It's the fourth such event and the excitement is mounting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Italy's churches draw millions of visitors each year and anger is mounting over how some mistreat the nation's religious heritage.’
      • ‘Excitement mounts as the magic figure of 235 draws near.’
      • ‘And excitement is mounting among those travelling back to Mayo for what should be a memorable few days.’
      • ‘Excitement is mounting at a Canvey school as pupils prepare for an appearance on TV.’
      • ‘Frustration is mounting among local skaters as facilities at Five Dock Park fall into disrepair and council promises to upgrade them go unfulfilled.’
      • ‘Despite impressive security measures, fear is mounting, and not just among tenants.’
      • ‘Preparations are underway and excitement is mounting as the children of the Village Montessori Pre-School are getting ready for their Christmas outing.’
      • ‘Every time Washington vetoes a UN Security Council resolution seeking justice for the Palestinians, Arab anger mounts against the US.’
      • ‘The excitement is mounting, particularly after a couple of signs appeared in the shop window anticipating the event.’
      • ‘Community fears are mounting over the proposed foreshore redevelopment and port enhancement.’
      • ‘Excitement is mounting in Bofield and surrounding areas as everyone looks forward to January 1, 2003.’
      • ‘With the grand opening next month, excitement is mounting in what looks set to be a valuable community facility.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her jealously and frustration mounting, Tessa interrupted once more.’
      • ‘The excitement was mounting as the day drew near.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, as anger mounted in the schools and opposition politicians intensified their criticism, there were calls for major protests.’
      • ‘Mitch looked up at Zach in disbelief, anger mounting.’
  • 4Place or fix (an object) in its operating position.

    ‘fluorescent lights are mounted on the ceiling’
    ‘the engine is mounted behind the rear seats’
    • ‘In medical photography three major forms of lighting are used: a ring flash, a single flash unit mounted on the camera or studio lighting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The camera lens is mounted on the rear of the device, allowing the screen to be used as the viewfinder.’
    • ‘It is mounted on a support beam under my rear deck.’
    • ‘A new mobile speed camera mounted on a motorbike has caught nearly 1,000 motorists in just 38 hours on Wiltshire's roads.’
    • ‘He had what appeared to be a brand new panoramic camera mounted on a tripod.’
    • ‘With cameras mounted on eyeglass frames, he suggests, we can document every moment of our lives and create a second-by-second digital diary.’
    • ‘The engine is mounted on a deck supported by four adjustable wheels, all connected to a long handle that has controls for operation.’
    • ‘The technique works best if you keep the camera mounted on a tripod so each successive exposure is level with the others.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1880, arc lights were mounted on huge towers in Wabash, Indiana, illuminating the entire city.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And a robot with a camera mounted on it was being sent up a narrow shaft to discover what was behind a sealed door.’
    • ‘On the mudflat wasteland he set up a video camera mounted on a tripod.’
    • ‘Engines were mounted on the bottom to help it propel upwards.’
    • ‘The test strips for measuring glucose contain a measuring pad mounted on a solid support strip.’
    • ‘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 even lit the candles mounted on the wall, I had thought they were only there for decoration.’
    • ‘He asked students to frame and focus certain objects using a camera mounted on a tripod and click.’
    • ‘Instead, the fairs now had powerful diesel engines mounted on lorries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His car is described as a small, purple vehicle with a row of triangular or diamond brake lights mounted on the back.’
    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’
      • ‘Chapter thirteen covers the various options available for mounting your photos.’
      • ‘The modern world intrudes, too, in the form of small framed photographs mounted on a work's surface.’
      • ‘For the installation, Sui mounted glamorously framed replicas of 17th-century still-life paintings on three red walls.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Six triangular wedges, which can be pieced together to create a solid hexagon, have been separated and mounted along the wall of the stairway.’
      • ‘She looked at the various framed certificates, mounted onto the peach colored wall, that were arranged in an unbelievably neat order.’
      • ‘Her original relief sculptures are mounted on watercolor paper and photographed.’
      • ‘Another factor to consider is how the photograph is mounted.’
      • ‘He mounts photomontages of nightmarish imagery, amusing and dangerous, on all kinds of rich and startling supports.’
      • ‘These pictures would later be hand-colored and mounted together to form a large design.’
      • ‘The fresco is mounted onto a customized Masonite backing for reinforcement.’
      • ‘The vintage posters are offered archivally mounted onto linen for conservation purposes or unmounted in their original state.’
      • ‘The artist mounted 12 such leaf images on a black background, creating a grid that is filled with spring colors and life.’
      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.
      • ‘Slides were counterstained with hematoxylin, dehydrated, and mounted with glass coverslips.’
      • ‘The slides were then dehydrated and cleared in graded alcohol and xylene, respectively, and mounted with a coverglass.’
      • ‘The root sections were mounted under coverslips using an anti-fade mountant.’
      • ‘The coverslips were mounted, cell side up, on labelled microscope slides.’
      • ‘Stained and washed cells were maintained on ice until mounted for microscopy.’
      • ‘Plant tissue samples were placed on cover slips and mounted in water.’
      • ‘After a final wash, coverslips were mounted in Vectashield mounting medium.’
      • ‘Small fragments of liver tissue were placed on slides in a drop of 45% acetic acid, mounted under coverslips and squashed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sections were counterstained with hematoxylin and mounted in permanent mounting medium.’
      • ‘They were then washed with purified water, allowed to dry and mounted onto microscope slides, cells side up.’
      • ‘The slides were finally mounted with coverslips and coded for analysis to avoid bias.’
      • ‘The treated millipedes were then mounted between two glass microscope slides using Euparal mounting medium.’
      • ‘Slides were counterstained with hematoxylin and mounted.’
      • ‘The stained roots were mounted in lactoglycerol onto microscope slides.’
      • ‘The coverslip was mounted in Vectashield and viewed under a fluorescence microscope.’
      • ‘Slides were washed twice with buffer and mounted for microscopy.’
      • ‘The sections were mounted, stained with toluidine blue, scanned and photographed under a microscope.’
      • ‘Dehydrated flies were mounted for electron microscopy.’
    3. 4.3Computing Make (a disk or disk drive) available for use.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Finally, the site administrator makes the package available by mounting it (one or more times) via the administrative site map.’
      • ‘Instructions on configuring the system to use your modem, mounting your CD-ROM and optimizing the kernel for firewalling are also given.’
      • ‘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.’

noun

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

    • ‘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).’
    • ‘Deep, wide mounts and frames give a work of art a gravitas that clip frames never manage.’
    • ‘Daguerre even handwrote an inscription to Cailleux on the back of the mount.’
    • ‘The total price is £55 approx per map (£15 + for the mount, the rest on the frame).’
    • ‘Tasteful engraving highlighted these silver mounts and inlays, as well as the case-hardened lock.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When starting out as a small business, it may be best to buy cases and mounts from a local arts and crafts store.’
    • ‘By far the two most often used materials for mounts are wood and acrylic blocks.’
    • ‘The museum used patterned mounts instead of wood or paper.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These are fourteen-by-seventeen-inch platinum prints, each in art deco mounts and signed by Curtis.’
    • ‘It is inscribed, signed and dated by the photographer in pencil on the mount.’
    • ‘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 printed paper sheets were pasted onto canvas mounts for display.’
    • ‘He also employed Galle to regild the mounts with matt gilding.’
    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.
      • ‘The medical technologist prepared a wet mount of the specimen to determine if an adequate number of columnar epithelial cells were present.’
      • ‘Bacterial cell morphology was examined using transmission electron microscopy of thin sections and whole mounts of gonococci.’
      • ‘Spores may be demonstrated by phase-contrast microscopy of wet mounts, where they appear mature and retractile.’
      • ‘All other specimens were tested using whole mounts, not sections.’
      • ‘Each specimen was also examined microscopically as a wet mount.’
      • ‘The bottom shows uranyl-acetate-stained whole mounts of gonococci.’
      • ‘Purkinje was the first to make glass slide mounts with Canada balsam.’
    2. 1.2Philately A clear plastic or paper sleeve used to display a postage stamp.
      • ‘Stamp mounts allow you to safely secure your stamps to an album page, without damaging the stamp.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Millions of collectors throughout the world have used these mounts for the safe keeping of their valuable stamps.’
  • 2A support for a gun, camera, or similar piece of equipment.

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

    ‘he hung onto his mount's bridle’
    • ‘He took the class lead when he rode his mount, Éclair, to a penalty-free ride in 54.582 seconds.’
    • ‘I landed on my feet and calmed my mount, trying to lead her forward.’
    • ‘Her mount bolted, unseating her but her foot was entangled in a stirrup.’
    • ‘When the gap came, Fallon guided his mount through and the horse accelerated well to the line.’
    • ‘Madden and her new mount Conquest II topped the field of 63 horses in the one-round speed event.’
    • ‘During his surveying days, he used to pick up mounts from livery stables owned by Ernest and Emma Julian.’
    • ‘As they drew closer, he could see the rider huddled over the neck of his mount.’
    • ‘He turned his mount back to the city and galloped away.’
    • ‘Though she was confident in her mount's abilities, she says bringing home the gold was a surprise.’
    • ‘Pia has had her mount longer than any of her team mates, and that relationship served the pair well throughout the team competition.’
    • ‘Margie Engle was riding her Sydney Olympic mount, Hidden Creek's Perin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hoke turned his mount and rode back to find the others.’
    • ‘They quickly jumped on their mounts and rode out of the city, not looking back until they had safely reached the ridge.’
    • ‘The five of them dug their heels into the flanks of their mounts.’
    • ‘I relished each snort and stomp from our mounts as we rode along the grey dusty road.’
    • ‘Theroux hung back, keeping the reins tight in his hands, and his mount at a slow trot.’
    • ‘Some soldiers had saved their mounts by hiding them on farms; other horses had been sequestered in countries far and wide.’
    • ‘Rider Pablo Morales was also unseated when his mount Pavlina fell over Happy Face.’
    • ‘They were prized as racing and riding mounts for warriors and tribal leaders.’
    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’
      • ‘Albarado entered Thursday in second place on Keeneland Race Course's jockey standings with 11 wins from 60 mounts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Jockey Travis Dunkelberger enjoyed a record afternoon on Wednesday at Timonium when he rode seven winners from nine mounts.’
      • ‘Kieren Fallon, Sir Michael's number-one jockey, takes the mount on both runners.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Norman also said New York-based jockey Edgar Prado will come in for the mount replacing regular rider Jamie Theriot.’
      • ‘Jockey Frankie Dettori will have the mount aboard the three-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Wild Rush.’
      • ‘Richard Hughes picks up the mount after jockey Olivier Peslier was injured this week.’
      • ‘Ben Russell finished second in the jockey standings with 100 wins from 445 mounts.’
      • ‘His 53 wins from 155 mounts earned him the leading jockey title.’
      • ‘Pedro Alvarado won the jockey title with 122 wins from 576 mounts, which earned $1,806,064 in purses.’
      • ‘French champion jockey Dominique Boeuf won the challenge with two winning mounts.’
      • ‘Ricky Frazier won the riding title with 109 wins, and his 555 mounts earned $1,208,018.’
      • ‘Jimmy Quinn, his usual jockey, takes the mount.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Win's Fair Lady is trained by Bobby Barbara and jockey Richard Migliore has the mount.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He could achieve his goal on Sunday; he is set to ride seven mounts on the nine race card at the Northern California oval.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With 112 wins from 407 mounts, Clifton Berry finished atop the jockey standings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Maryland-based jockey Ramon Dominguez will retain the mount.’

Phrases

  • mount guard

    • Keep watch, especially for protection or to prevent escape.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

mount

/mount/

Main definitions of mount in English

: mount1mount2

mount2

noun

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

    ‘Mount Etna’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How wonderful, therefore, to see water lapping against the foot of the mount at Clifford's Tower, just as its builders intended.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Any of several fleshy prominences on the palm of the hand regarded in palmistry as signifying the degree of influence of a particular planet.
      ‘mount of Mars’
      • ‘Venus has the large mount under the thumb and the Moon rules the mount opposite at the edge of the hand.’
      • ‘Figure 4 shows the traditional rulership between lines and mounts.’
      • ‘Sometimes only a single line can be seen crossing the palm below the mounts under the fingers.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

mount

/mount/