mount Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a lightweight horse kept for riding only
    riding horse; saddle horse.
  2. noun the act of climbing something
    • it was a difficult climb to the top
  3. noun a land mass that projects well above its surroundings; higher than a hill
  4. noun a mounting consisting of a piece of metal (as in a ring or other jewelry) that holds a gem in place
    • the diamond was in a plain gold mount
  5. noun something forming a back that is added for strengthening
  6. verb attach to a support
    • They mounted the aerator on a floating
  7. verb go up or advance
    rise; climb; wax.
    • Sales were climbing after prices were lowered
  8. verb fix onto a backing, setting, or support
    • mount slides for macroscopic analysis
  9. verb put up or launch
    • mount a campaign against pornography
  10. verb get up on the back of
    hop on; get on; mount up; bestride; jump on; climb on.
    • mount a horse
  11. verb go upward with gradual or continuous progress
    climb up; climb; go up.
    • Did you ever climb up the hill behind your house?
  12. verb prepare and supply with the necessary equipment for execution or performance
    put on.
    • mount a theater production
    • mount an attack
    • mount a play
  13. verb copulate with
    • The bull was riding the cow


Mount noun
OE. munt, mont, mount, AS. munt, fr. L. mons, montis; cf. L. minae protections, E. eminent, menace: cf. F. mont. Cf. Mount, v., Mountain, Mont, Monte, Montem.
  1. A mass of earth, or earth and rock, rising considerably above the common surface of the surrounding land; a mountain; a high hill; -- used always instead of mountain, when put before a proper name; as, Mount Washington; otherwise, chiefly in poetry.
  2. A bulwark for offense or defense; a mound. Obs.
    Hew ye down trees, and cast a mount against Jerusalem. Jer. vi. 6.
  3. See Mont de piété. A bank; a fund.
Mount intransitive verb
OE. mounten, monten, F. monter, fr. L. mons, montis, mountain. See Mount, n. (above).
imperfect & past participle Mounted ; present participle & verbal noun Mounting
  1. To rise on high; to go up; to be upraised or uplifted; to tower aloft; to ascend; -- often with up.
    Though Babylon should mount up to heaven. Jer. li. 53.
    The fire of trees and houses mounts on high. Cowley.
  2. To get up on anything, as a platform or scaffold; especially, to seat one's self on a horse for riding.
  3. To attain in value; to amount.
    Bring then these blessings to a strict account, Make fair deductions, see to what they mount. Pope.
Mount transitive verb
  1. To get upon; to ascend; to climb.
    Shall we mount again the rural throne? Dryden.
  2. To place one's self on, as a horse or other animal, or anything that one sits upon; to bestride.
  3. To cause to mount; to put on horseback; to furnish with animals for riding; to furnish with horses. "To mount the Trojan troop." Dryden.
  4. Hence: To put upon anything that sustains and fits for use, as a gun on a carriage, a map or picture on cloth or paper; to prepare for being worn or otherwise used, as a diamond by setting, or a sword blade by adding the hilt, scabbard, etc.
  5. To raise aloft; to lift on high.
    What power is it which mounts my love so high? Shak.
    ✍ A fort or ship is said to mount cannon, when it has them arranged for use in or about it.
Mount noun
From Mount, v.
  1. That upon which a person or thing is mounted, as: (a) A horse.
    She had so good a seat and hand, she might be trusted with any mount. G. Eliot.
    (b) The cardboard or cloth on which a drawing, photograph, or the like is mounted; a mounting.

Webster 1913