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v. mount·ed, mount·ing, mounts
1. To climb or ascend: mount stairs.
2. To place oneself upon; get up on: mount a horse; mount a platform.
3. To climb onto (a female) for copulation. Used of male animals.
a. To furnish with a horse for riding.
b. To set on a horse: mount the saddle.
5. To set in a raised position: mount a bed on blocks.
a. To fix securely to a support: mount an engine in a car.
b. To place or fix on or in the appropriate support or setting for display or study: mount stamps in an album; mount cells on a slide.
7. To provide with scenery, costumes, and other equipment necessary for production: mount a play.
8. To organize and equip: mount an army.
9. To prepare and set in motion: mount an attack.
a. To set in position for use: mount guns.
b. To carry as equipment: The warship mounted ten guns.
11. To post (a guard).
1. To go upward; rise: The sun mounts into the sky.
2. To get up on something, as a horse or bicycle.
3. To increase in amount, extent, or intensity: Costs are mounting up. Fear quickly mounted. See Synonyms at rise.
1. The act or manner of mounting.
2. A means of conveyance, such as a horse, on which to ride.
3. An opportunity to ride a horse in a race.
4. An object to which another is affixed or on which another is placed for accessibility, display, or use, especially:
a. A glass slide for use with a microscope.
b. A hinge used to fasten stamps in an album.
c. A setting for a jewel.
d. An undercarriage or stand on which a device rests while in service.
[Middle English mounten, from Old French monter, from Vulgar Latin *montāre, from Latin mōns, mont-, mountain; see men- in Indo-European roots.]
1. Abbr. Mt. A mountain or hill. Used especially as part of a proper name.
2. Any of the seven fleshy cushions around the edges of the palm of the hand in palmistry.
[Middle English, from Old English munt and from Old French mont, munt, both from Latin mōns, mont-; see men- in Indo-European roots.]
Mountor Mount of (mount) or Mont (mônt, môN)
For the names of actual mountains, see the specific element of the name; for example, Shasta, Mount; Olives, Mount of; Blanc, Mont. Other geographic names beginning with Mount are entered under Mount; for example, Mount Vernon; Mount Desert Island.
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