(Hi"lal) a. Of or pertaining to a hilum.
(Hi"lar) a. (Bot.) Belonging to the hilum.
(Hi*la"ri*ous) a. [L. hilaris, hilarus, Gr. cf. gracious, kindly.] Mirthful; noisy; merry.
(Hi*lar"i*ty) n. [L. hilaritas: cf. F. hilarité. See Hilarious.] Boisterous mirth; merriment; jollity.
Hilarity differs from joy: the latter, excited by good news or prosperity, is an affection of the mind; the
former, produced by social pleasure, drinking, etc., which rouse the animal spirits, is more demonstrative.
Syn. Glee; cheerfulness; mirth; merriment; gayety; joyousness; exhilaration; joviality; jollity.
(Hil"a*ry term`) Formerly, one of the four terms of the courts of common law in England,
beginning on the eleventh of January and ending on the thirty-first of the same month, in each year;
so called from the festival of St. Hilary, January 13th.
The Hilary term is superseded by the Hilary sittings, which commence on the eleventh of January and
end on the Wednesday before Easter. Mozley & W.
(Hil"ding) n. [Prob. a corruption of hindling, dim. of hind, adj. Cf. Prov. E. hilderling, hinderling.
See Hinderling.] A base, menial wretch. a. Base; spiritless. [Obs.] Shak.
(Hile) v. t. To hide. See Hele. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Hile) n. (Bot.) Same as Hilum.
(Hill) n. [OE. hil, hul, AS. hyll; akin to OD. hille, hil, L. collis, and prob. to E. haulm, holm, and
column. Cf. 2d Holm.]
1. A natural elevation of land, or a mass of earth rising above the common level of the surrounding
land; an eminence less than a mountain.
Every mountain and hill shall be made low.Is. xl. 4.
2. The earth raised about the roots of a plant or cluster of plants. [U. S.] See Hill, v. t.
3. A single cluster or group of plants growing close together, and having the earth heaped up about
them; as, a hill of corn or potatoes. [U. S.]
Hill ant (Zoöl.), a common ant of Europe and America, which makes mounds or ant-hills over its nests.
Hill myna (Zoöl.), one of several species of birds of India, of the genus Gracula, and allied to the
starlings. They are easily taught to speak many words. [Written also hill mynah.] See Myna. Hill
partridge (Zoöl.), a partridge of the genus Aborophila, of which numerous species in habit Southern
Asia and the East Indies. Hill tit (Zoöl.), one of numerous species of small Asiatic singing birds of
the family Leiotrichidæ. Many are beautifully colored.
(Hill) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hilled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Hilling.] To surround with earth; to heap or draw
earth around or upon; as, to hill corn.
Showing them how to plant and hill it.Palfrey.
(Hill"i*ness) n. The state of being hilly.
(Hill"ing), n. The act or process of heaping or drawing earth around plants.