Definition of hill noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//hɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɪl//
    Other geographic regions, Mountains and valleys
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  1. 1  [countable] an area of land that is higher than the land around it, but not as high as a mountain a region of gently rolling hills a hill farm/town/fort The house is built on the side of a hill overlooking the river. I love walking in the hills (= in the area where there are hills). see also anthill, foothill, molehill See related entries: Other geographic regions, Mountains and valleys
  2. 2  [countable] a slope on a road Always take care when driving down steep hills. a hill start (= the act of starting a vehicle on a slope) see also downhill, uphill
  3. 3the Hill [singular] (North American English, informal) = Capitol Hill
  4. Word OriginOld English hyll, of Germanic origin; from an Indo-European root shared by Latin collis and Greek kolōnos ‘hill’.Extra examples A few yards up the hill, on the left, was a turning. A grassy path led down the hill. A spring emerges at the bottom of the hill. In the heat of summer the rich fled to the hill stations. Olive groves cover the hills. Over the hill lies another town. The bus sped down the long hill. The church is perched on a hill. The landscape is made up of low, rolling hills. The town is set on a small hill. There are several lead mines in the hills above Grassington. They climbed a steep hill and came to the town. They crested a small hill and then the path curved. Troops forced villagers to flee to the surrounding hills. We took to the hills in a variety of four-wheel-drive vehicles. Wooded hills rise behind the town. a hill overlooking the wide valley below the chalk hills of southern England the distant blue hills the houses which dotted the hill the limestone hills of Kentucky Always take care when driving down steep hills. I had to do a hill start. I love walking in the hills. a hill farm/​town/​fortIdioms very old; ancient More Like ThisSimiles in idioms (as) bald as a coot, (as) blind as a bat, (as) bright as a button, (as) bold as brass, as busy as a bee, as clean as a whistle, (as) dead as a/​the dodo, (as) deaf as a post, (as) dull as ditchwater, (as) fit as a fiddle, as flat as a pancake, (as) good as gold, (as) mad as a hatter/​a March hare, (as) miserable/​ugly as sin, as old as the hills, (as) pleased as Punch, as pretty as a picture, (as) regular as clockwork, (as) quick as a flash, (as) safe as houses, (as) sound as a bell, (as) steady as a rock, (as) thick as two short planks, (as) tough as old bootsSee worksheet. (old-fashioned, North American English, informal) something that is not worth much (informal) (of a person) old and therefore no longer useful or attractive Youngsters seem to think you're over the hill at 40!
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