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1. A low mound or ridge of earth; a knoll.
2. See hammock2.
3. A ridge or hill of ice in an ice field.

[Origin unknown.]

hum′mock·y adj.


1. (Physical Geography) a hillock; knoll
2. (Physical Geography) a ridge or mound of ice in an ice field
3. (Physical Geography) chiefly Also called: hammock Southern US a wooded area lying above the level of an adjacent marsh
[C16: of uncertain origin; compare hump, hammock]
ˈhummocky adj


(ˈhʌm ək)

1. Also, hammock. an elevated tract of land rising above the general level of a marshy region.
2. a knoll or hillock.
3. a ridge in an ice field.
[1545–55; humm- (akin to hump) + -ock]
hum′mock•y, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hummock - a small natural hillhummock - a small natural hill      
anthill, formicary - a mound of earth made by ants as they dig their nest
hill - a local and well-defined elevation of the land; "they loved to roam the hills of West Virginia"
kopje, koppie - a small hill rising up from the African veld
molehill - a mound of earth made by moles while burrowing


[ˈhʌmək] Nmontecillo m, morón m


[ˈhʌmək] n (= hillock) → tertre m


n(kleiner) Hügel
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Just as the pack came in sight of the river they saw their agile leader racing down the river's bank, leaping from hummock to hummock of the swampy ground that spread between them and a little promontory which rose just where the river curved inward from their sight.
Only the fact that a hummock of heathery sand inter- cepted the lower part of the Heat-Ray saved them.
It is like a sheep-dog, always running backwards and forwards, poking into the most out-of-the-way corners, now climbing at a run some steep hummock of the down, and now leisurely going miles about to escape an ant-hill; and all the time (here, by the way, ends the sheep-dog) it is stopping to gossip with rillets vagabond as itself, or loitering to bedeck itself with flowers.
The Swift One did not wait for me, nor did she pause till she had passed beyond Hair-Face a hundred yards and gained a much larger hummock.
No European could have made five miles a day over the ice- rubbish and the sharp-edged drifts; but those two knew exactly the turn of the wrist that coaxes a sleigh round a hummock, the jerk that nearly lifts it out of an ice-crack, and the exact strength that goes to the few quiet strokes of the spear-head that make a path possible when everything looks hopeless.
The bar silver is in the north cache; you can find it by the trend of the east hummock, ten fathoms south of the black crag with the face on it.
I have penetrated to those meadows on the morning of many a first spring day, jumping from hummock to hummock, from willow root to willow root, when the wild river valley and the woods were bathed in so pure and bright a light as would have waked the dead, if they had been slumbering in their graves, as some suppose.
We had just floundered and flopped round a bend, when I saw an islet, a mere grassy hummock of bright green, in the middle of the stream.
Comanche floundered across the hummock, the inert body following, and together, horse and man, they plunged from sight.
For all their marchings, Kedarnath and Badrinath were not impressed; and it was only after days of travel that Kim, uplifted upon some insignificant ten-thousand-foot hummock, could see that a shoulder-knot or horn of the two great lords had - ever so slightly - changed outline.
At last they came to a rocky hummock, from which the view of the waterfall opened out.
The trail began to rise out of the jungle, dipping at times into festering hollows of unwholesome vegetation, but rising more and more over swelling, unseen hill-slopes or climbing steep hog-backs and rocky hummocks where the forest thinned and blue patches of sky appeared overhead.