Pronunciation Noun

mount (plural mounts)

  1. A hill or mountain.
  2. (palmistry) Any of seven fleshy prominences in the palm of the hand, taken to represent the influences of various heavenly bodies.
    the mount of Jupiter
  3. (obsolete) A bulwark for offence or defence; a mound.
    • Bible, Jer. vi. 6
      Hew ye down trees, and cast a mount against Jerusalem.
  4. (obsolete) A bank; a fund.
  5. (heraldry) A green hillock in the base of a shield.
Translations Noun

mount (plural mounts)

  1. An animal, usually a horse, used to ride on, unlike a draught horse
    The rider climbed onto his mount.
  2. A mounting; an object on which another object is mounted.
    The post is the mount on which the mailbox is installed.
  3. (obsolete) A rider in a cavalry unit or division.
    The General said he has 2,000 mounts.
  4. A step or block to assist in mounting a horse.
  5. A signal for mounting a horse.
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mount (mounts, present participle mounting; past and past participle mounted)

  1. (transitive) To get upon; to ascend; to climb.
    to mount stairs
    • Or shall we mount again the Rural Throne, / And rule the Country Kingdoms, once our own?
  2. (transitive) To place oneself on (a horse, a bicycle, etc.); to bestride.
    The rider mounted his horse.
  3. (transitive) To cause to mount; to put on horseback; to furnish with animals for riding.
    • to mount the Trojan troop
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To cause (something) to rise or ascend; to drive up; to raise; to elevate; to lift up.
    • c. 1604–1605, William Shakespeare, “All’s VVell, that Ends VVell”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
      What power is it which mounts my love so high?
  5. (obsolete, intransitive) To rise on high; to go up; to be upraised or uplifted; to tower aloft; to ascend; often with up.
    • Bible, Book of Jeremiah li. 53
      Though Babylon should mount up to heaven.
    • The fire of trees and houses mounts on high.
  6. (transitive) To attach (an object) to a support, backing, framework etc.
    to mount a mailbox on a post
    to mount a specimen on a small plate of glass for viewing by a microscope
    to mount a photograph on cardboard
    to mount an engine in a car
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 752825175 ↗:
      But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶ […] The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window at the old mare feeding in the meadow below by the brook, and a 'bead' could be drawn upon Molly, the dairymaid, kissing the fogger behind the hedge, […].
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter IV, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803 ↗:
      “My Continental prominence is improving,” I commented dryly. ¶ Von Lindowe cut at a furze bush with his silver-mounted rattan. ¶ “Quite so,” he said as dryly, his hand at his mustache. “I may say if your intentions were known your life would not be worth a curse.”
  7. (transitive, computing) To attach (a drive or device) to the file system in order to make it available to the operating system.
    • 1998, Lincoln D. Stein, Web Security: A Step-by-step Reference Guide (page 377)
      Burn the contents of the staging area onto a writable CD-ROM, carry it over to the Web server, and mount it.
  8. (intransitive, sometimes, with up) To increase in quantity or intensity.
    The bills mounted up and the business failed.  There is mounting tension in Crimea.
  9. (obsolete) To attain in value; to amount (to).
    • 1733, [Alexander Pope], An Essay on Man. […], (please specify ), London: Printed for J[ohn] Wilford, […], OCLC 960856019 ↗:
  10. (transitive) To get on top of (an animal) to mate.
  11. (transitive, slang) To have sexual intercourse with someone.
  12. (transitive) To begin (a campaign, military assault, etc.); to launch.
    The General gave the order to mount the attack.
  13. (transitive, archaic) To deploy (cannon) for use.
    to mount a cannon
  14. (transitive) To prepare and arrange the scenery, furniture, etc. for use in (a play or production).
  15. (cooking) To incorporate fat, especially butter, into (a dish, especially a sauce to finish it).
    Mount the sauce with one tablespoon of butter.
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