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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. Hew ye down trees, and cast a mount against jerusalem. (Jer. Vi. 6)

3. [See Mont de piete] A bank; a fund. Mount of piety. See Mont de piete.

Origin: OE. Munt, mont, mount, AS. Munt, fr. L. Mons, montis; cf. L. Minae protections, E. Eminent, menace: cf. F. Mont. Cf. Mount, Mountain, Mont, Monte, Montem.

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)

Origin: OE. Mounten, monten, F. Monter, fr. L. Mons, montis, mountain. See Mount, (above).

That upon which a person or thing is mounted, as:

A horse. She had so good a seat and hand, she might be trusted with any mount. (G. Eliot)

The cardboard or cloth on which a drawing, photograph, or the like is mounted; a mounting.

Origin: From Mount.

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