verb (used with object)

  1. to go up; climb; ascend: to mount stairs.
  2. to get up on (a platform, a horse, etc.).
  3. to set or place at an elevation: to mount a house on stilts.
  4. to furnish with a horse or other animal for riding.
  5. to set or place (a person) on horseback.
  6. to organize, as an army.
  7. to prepare and launch, as an attack or a campaign.
  8. to raise or put into position for use, as a gun.
  9. (of a fortress or warship) to have or carry (guns) in position for use.
  10. to go or put on guard, as a sentry or watch.
  11. to attach to or fix on or in a support, backing, setting, etc.: to mount a photograph; to mount a diamond in a ring.
  12. to arrange for display: to mount a museum exhibit.
  13. to provide (a play, musical comedy, opera, etc.) with scenery, costumes, and other equipment for production.
  14. to prepare (an animal body or skeleton) as a specimen.
  15. (of a male animal) to climb upon (a female) for copulation.
  16. Microscopy.
    1. to prepare (a slide) for microscopic investigation.
    2. to prepare (a sample) for examination by a microscope, as by placing it on a slide.

verb (used without object)

  1. to increase in amount or intensity (often followed by up): The cost of all those small purchases mounts up.
  2. to get up on the back of a horse or other animal for riding.
  3. to rise or go to a higher position, level, degree, etc.; ascend.
  4. to get up on something, as a platform.


  1. the act or a manner of mounting.
  2. a horse, other animal, or sometimes a vehicle, as a bicycle, used, provided, or available for riding.
  3. an act or occasion of riding a horse, especially in a race.
  4. a support, backing, setting, or the like, on or in which something is, or is to be, mounted or fixed.
  5. an ornamental metal piece applied to a piece of wooden furniture.
  6. Microscopy. a prepared slide.
  7. a distinctive metal feature on a sheath or scabbard, as a locket or chape.
  8. Philately. hinge(def 4).
  9. Printing. a wooden or metal block to which a plate is secured for printing.


  1. to go up (a hill, stairs, etc); climb
  2. to get up on (a horse, a platform, etc)
  3. (intr often foll by up) io increase; accumulateexcitement mounted
  4. (tr) to fix onto a backing, setting, or supportto mount a photograph; to mount a slide
  5. (tr) to provide with a horse for riding, or to place on a horse
  6. (of male animals) to climb onto (a female animal) for copulation
  7. (tr) to prepare (a play, musical comedy, etc) for production
  8. (tr) to plan and organize (a compaign, an exhibition, etc)
  9. (tr) military to prepare or launch (an operation)the Allies mounted an offensive
  10. (tr) to prepare (a skeleton, dead animal, etc) for exhibition as a specimen
  11. (tr) to place or carry (weapons) in such a position that they can be fired
  12. mount guard See guard (def. 26)


  1. a backing, setting, or support onto which something is fixed
  2. the act or manner of mounting
  3. a horse for riding
  4. a slide used in microscopy
  5. philately
    1. a small transparent pocket in an album for a postage stamp
    2. another word for hinge (def. 5)


  1. a mountain or hill: used in literature and (when cap.) in proper namesMount Everest
  2. (in palmistry) any of the seven cushions of flesh on the palm of the hand

v.c.1300, “to mount a horse;” mid-14c., “to rise up, ascend; fly,” from Old French monter “to go up, ascend, climb, mount,” from Vulgar Latin *montare, from Latin mons (genitive montis) “mountain” (see mount (n.)). Meaning “to set or place in position” first recorded 1530s. Sense of “to get up on for purposes of copulation” is from 1590s. Related: Mounted; mounting. n.1“hill, mountain,” mid-13c., from Anglo-French mount, Old French mont “mountain;” also perhaps partly from Old English munt “mountain;” both the Old English and the French words from Latin montem (nominative mons) “mountain,” from PIE root *men- “to stand out, project” (cf. Latin eminere “to stand out;” Sanskrit manya “nape of the neck,” Latin monile “necklace;” Old Irish muin “neck,” Welsh mwnwgl “neck,” mwng “mane;” Welsh mynydd “mountain”). n.2“that on which something is mounted,” 1739, from mount (v.). The colloquial meaning “a horse for riding” is first recorded 1856. v.

  1. To prepare a specimen for microscopic examination, especially by positioning on a slide.

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