(||Mouil`lé") a. [F., lit., wet.] (Phon.) Applied to certain consonants having a "liquid" or softened
sound; e.g., in French, l or ll and gn (like the lli in million and ni in minion); in Italian, gl and gn; in
Spanish, ll and ñ; in Portuguese, lh and nh.
(Mould Mould"er) Mouldy
(Mould"y) etc. See Mold, Molder, Moldy, etc.
(Moule) v. i. [OE. moulen. See Mold.] To contract mold; to grow moldy; to mold. [Obs.]
Let us not moulen thus in idleness.Chaucer.
(Mou*line" Mou"li*net) n. [F. moulinet, orig., a little mill, dim. of moulin mill. See Mill.]
1. The drum upon which the rope is wound in a capstan, crane, or the like.
2. A machine formerly used for bending a crossbow by winding it up.
3. In sword and saber exercises, a circular swing of the weapon.
(Moult) v. & n. See Molt.
(Moult"en) a. Having molted. [Obs.] "A moulten raven." Shak.
(Moun) v., pl. of Mow, may. [Obs.] Wyclif.
(Mounch) v. t. To munch. [Obs.]
(Mound) n. [F. monde the world, L. mundus. See Mundane.] A ball or globe forming part of
the regalia of an emperor or other sovereign. It is encircled with bands, enriched with precious stones,
and surmounted with a cross; called also globe.
(Mound), n. [OE. mound, mund, protection, AS. mund protection, hand; akin to OHG. munt,
Icel. mund hand, and prob. to L. manus. See Manual.] An artificial hill or elevation of earth; a raised
bank; an embarkment thrown up for defense; a bulwark; a rampart; also, a natural elevation appearing as if
thrown up artificially; a regular and isolated hill, hillock, or knoll.
To thrid the thickets or to leap the mounds.Dryden. Mound bird. (Zoöl.) Same as Mound maker Mound builders (Ethnol.), the tribe, or tribes, of
North American aborigines who built, in former times, extensive mounds of earth, esp. in the valleys of
the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Formerly they were supposed to have preceded the Indians, but later
investigations go to show that they were, in general, identical with the tribes that occupied the country
when discovered by Europeans. Mound maker (Zoöl.), any one of the megapodes. Shell mound,
a mound of refuse shells, collected by aborigines who subsisted largely on shellfish. See Midden, and
(Mound), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mounded; p. pr. & vb. n. Mounding.] To fortify or inclose with
(Mount) n. [OE. munt, mont, mount, AS. munt, fr. L. mons, montis; cf. L. minae protections,
E. eminent, menace: cf. F. mont. Cf. Mount, v., Mountain, Mont, Monte, Montem.]
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.