Geographya natural elevation of the earth's surface, smaller than a mountain.
an incline, esp. in a road:This old jalopy won't make it up the next hill.
an artificial heap, pile, or mound:a hill made by ants.
Botanya small mound of earth raised about a cultivated plant or a cluster of such plants.
Botanythe plant or plants so surrounded:a hill of potatoes.
Sport[Baseball.]mound1 (def. 4).
Idiomsgo over the hill,[Slang.]
to break out of prison.
to absent oneself without leave from one's military unit.
to leave suddenly or mysteriously:Rumor has it that her husband has gone over the hill.
Idiomsover the hill:
relatively advanced in age.
past one's prime.
Governmentthe Hill. See Capitol Hill.
to surround with hills:to hill potatoes.
to form into a hill or heap.
bef. 1000; Middle English; Old English hyll; cognate with Middle Dutch hille, Latin collis hill; compare Latin culmen top, peak (see column,culminate), celsus lofty, very high, Gothic hallus rock, Lithuanian kálnas mountain, Greek kolōnós hill, kolophó̄n summit (see colophon)
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged hollow, valley.
Hill(hil),USA pronunciationn.Ambrose Pow•ell(pou′əl),USA pronunciation 1825–65, Confederate general in the U.S. Civil War.Archibald Viv•i•an(viv′ē ən),USA pronunciation 1886–1977, English physiologist: Nobel prize for medicine 1922.
BiographicalJames Jerome, 1838–1916, U.S. railroad builder and financier, born in Canada.
BiographicalJoe, 1879–1915, U.S. labor organizer and songwriter, born in Sweden.