mountain noun

1 very high hill

ADJ. big, great, high, huge, large, lofty, massive, tall, towering | small | steep | low | beautiful, dramatic, fine, majestic, spectacular | surrounding The surrounding mountains make the city difficult to evacuate. | distant | isolated, remote | inland | jagged, rocky, rugged | snow-capped, snow-covered, snowy | holy the holy mountain of the Lapp community

QUANT. chain, range a chain/range of mountains

VERB + MOUNTAIN ascend, climb, come/go up, scale | come/go down, descend, walk down | walk in We enjoy walking in the mountains. | cross (over)

MOUNTAIN + VERB rise, soar, tower The mountains here rise to well over 2,000m. | fall The mountains fall to the east to the flat expanse of the plateau. | surround sth Towering mountains surrounded the village. | shake The earth tremor made the mountains shake.

MOUNTAIN + NOUN chain, range | area, country, environment, region Between the two towns was 50 miles of mountain country. | height We crossed the rugged mountain heights. | pass, path, road, route, track | landscape, scenery | crag, face, flank, peak, ridge, side, slope, top, valley, wall | cave | lake, stream | air Many people come to the resort simply to enjoy the fresh mountain air. | pasture | barrier The invading army could only penetrate the mountain barrier at one point. | village | fastness, fortress, stronghold | hut, lodge, resort | folk, men, people | climber, climbing, walking, walks | guide | rescue, rescue team | bike, biker, biking | sickness | boot | goat, gorilla, hare, sheep

PREP. across/over/through the ~ a pass through the mountains | down/up a/the ~ She arranged to meet the others halfway up the mountain. | in the ~s This type of goat lives high up in the mountains.

PHRASES the flank/side/slope of a mountain, the foot/bottom/top of a mountain

2 large amount/number of sth

ADJ. great | debt | paper | butter, food, etc. They revealed a solution to reduce Europe's butter mountain.

VERB + MOUNTAIN generate | reduce

PHRASES a mountain of paper/paperwork The enquiry generated a mountain of paperwork.