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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Mountain  \Moun"tain\,  n.  [OE.  mountaine,  montaine,  F.  montagne, 
  LL  montanea,  montania,  fr  L.  mons,  montis,  a  mountain;  cf 
  montanus  belonging  to  a  mountain.  See  1st  {Mount}.] 
  1.  A  large  mass  of  earth  and  rock,  rising  above  the  common 
  level  of  the  earth  or  adjacent  land;  earth  and  rock 
  forming  an  isolated  peak  or  a  ridge;  an  eminence  higher 
  than  a  hill;  a  mount. 
 
  2.  pl  A  range,  chain,  or  group  of  such  elevations;  as  the 
  White  Mountains. 
 
  3.  A  mountainlike  mass;  something  of  great  bulk. 
 
  I  should  have  been  a  mountain  of  mummy.  --Shak. 
 
  {The  Mountain}  (--La  montagne)  (French  Hist.),  a  popular  name 
  given  in  1793  to  a  party  of  extreme  Jacobins  in  the 
  National  Convention,  who  occupied  the  highest  rows  of 
  seats. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Mountain  \Moun"tain\,  a. 
  1.  Of  or  pertaining  to  a  mountain  or  mountains;  growing  or 
  living  on  a  mountain;  found  on  or  peculiar  to  mountains; 
  among  mountains;  as  a  mountain  torrent;  mountain  pines; 
  mountain  goats;  mountain  air;  mountain  howitzer. 
 
  2.  Like  a  mountain;  mountainous;  vast;  very  great. 
 
  The  high,  the  mountain  majesty  of  worth.  --Byron. 
 
  {Mountain  antelope}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  goral. 
 
  {Mountain  ash}  (Bot.),  an  ornamental  tree,  the  {Pyrus 
  (Sorbus)  Americana},  producing  beautiful  bunches  of  red 
  berries.  Its  leaves  are  pinnate,  and  its  flowers  white, 
  growing  in  fragrant  clusters.  The  European  species  is  the 
  {P.  aucuparia},  or  rowan  tree. 
 
  {Mountain  barometer},  a  portable  barometer,  adapted  for  safe 
  transportation,  used  in  measuring  the  heights  of 
  mountains. 
 
  {Mountain  beaver}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  sewellel. 
 
  {Mountain  blue}  (Min.),  blue  carbonate  of  copper;  azurite. 
 
  {Mountain  cat}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  catamount.  See  {Catamount}. 
 
  {Mountain  chain},  a  series  of  contiguous  mountain  ranges, 
  generally  in  parallel  or  consecutive  lines  or  curves. 
 
  {Mountain  cock}  (Zo["o]l.),  capercailzie.  See  {Capercailzie}. 
 
 
  {Mountain  cork}  (Min.),  a  variety  of  asbestus,  resembling 
  cork  in  its  texture. 
 
  {Mountain  crystal}.  See  under  {Crystal}. 
 
  {Mountain  damson}  (Bot.),  a  large  tree  of  the  genus 
  {Simaruba}  ({S.  amarga})  growing  in  the  West  Indies,  which 
  affords  a  bitter  tonic  and  astringent,  sometimes  used  in 
  medicine. 
 
  {Mountain  dew},  Scotch  whisky,  so  called  because  often 
  illicitly  distilled  among  the  mountains.  [Humorous] 
 
  {Mountain  ebony}  (Bot.),  a  small  leguminous  tree  ({Bauhinia 
  variegata})  of  the  East  and  West  Indies;  --  so  called 
  because  of  its  dark  wood.  The  bark  is  used  medicinally  and 
  in  tanning. 
 
  {Mountain  flax}  (Min.),  a  variety  of  asbestus,  having  very 
  fine  fibers;  amianthus.  See  {Amianthus}. 
 
  {Mountain  fringe}  (Bot.),  climbing  fumitory.  See  under 
  {Fumitory}. 
 
  {Mountain  goat}.  (Zo["o]l.)  See  {Mazama}. 
 
  {Mountain  green}.  (Min.) 
  a  Green  malachite,  or  carbonate  of  copper. 
  b  See  {Green  earth},  under  {Green},  a. 
 
  {Mountain  holly}  (Bot.),  a  branching  shrub  ({Nemopanthes 
  Canadensis}),  having  smooth  oblong  leaves  and  red  berries. 
  It  is  found  in  the  Northern  United  States. 
 
  {Mountain  laurel}  (Bot.),  an  American  shrub  ({Kalmia 
  latifolia})  with  glossy  evergreen  leaves  and  showy 
  clusters  of  rose-colored  or  white  flowers.  The  foliage  is 
  poisonous.  Called  also  {American  laurel},  {ivy  bush},  and 
  {calico  bush}.  See  {Kalmia}. 
 
  {Mountain  leather}  (Min.),  a  variety  of  asbestus,  resembling 
  leather  in  its  texture. 
 
  {Mountain  licorice}  (Bot.),  a  plant  of  the  genus  {Trifolium} 
  ({T.  Alpinum}). 
 
  {Mountain  limestone}  (Geol.),  a  series  of  marine  limestone 
  strata  below  the  coal  measures,  and  above  the  old  red 
  standstone  of  Great  Britain.  See  Chart  of  {Geology}. 
 
  {Mountain  linnet}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  twite. 
 
  {Mountain  magpie}.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  The  yaffle,  or  green  woodpecker. 
  b  The  European  gray  shrike. 
 
  {Mountain  mahogany}  (Bot.)  See  under  {Mahogany}. 
 
  {Mountain  meal}  (Min.),  a  light  powdery  variety  of  calcite, 
  occurring  as  an  efflorescence. 
 
  {Mountain  milk}  (Min.),  a  soft  spongy  variety  of  carbonate  of 
  lime. 
 
  {Mountain  mint}.  (Bot.)  See  {Mint}. 
 
  {Mountain  ousel}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  ring  ousel;  --  called  also 
  {mountain  thrush}  and  {mountain  colley}.  See  {Ousel}. 
 
  {Mountain  pride},  or  {Mountain  green}  (Bot.),  a  tree  of 
  Jamaica  ({Spathelia  simplex}),  which  has  an  unbranched 
  palmlike  stem,  and  a  terminal  cluster  of  large  pinnate 
  leaves. 
 
  {Mountain  quail}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  plumed  partridge  ({Oreortyx 
  pictus})  of  California.  It  has  two  long,  slender, 
  plumelike  feathers  on  the  head.  The  throat  and  sides  are 
  chestnut;  the  belly  is  brown  with  transverse  bars  of  black 
  and  white;  the  neck  and  breast  are  dark  gray. 
 
  {Mountain  range},  a  series  of  mountains  closely  related  in 
  position  and  direction. 
 
  {Mountain  rice}.  (Bot.) 
  a  An  upland  variety  of  rice,  grown  without  irrigation, 
  in  some  parts  of  Asia,  Europe,  and  the  United  States. 
  b  An  American  genus  of  grasses  ({Oryzopsis}). 
 
  {Mountain  rose}  (Bot.),  a  species  of  rose  with  solitary 
  flowers,  growing  in  the  mountains  of  Europe  ({Rosa 
  alpina}). 
 
  {Mountain  soap}  (Min.),  a  soft  earthy  mineral,  of  a  brownish 
  color,  used  in  crayon  painting;  saxonite. 
 
  {Mountain  sorrel}  (Bot.),  a  low  perennial  plant  ({Oxyria 
  digyna}  with  rounded  kidney-form  leaves,  and  small 
  greenish  flowers,  found  in  the  White  Mountains  of  New 
  Hampshire,  and  in  high  northern  latitudes.  --Gray. 
 
  {Mountain  sparrow}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  European  tree  sparrow. 
 
  {Mountain  spinach}.  (Bot.)  See  {Orach}. 
 
  {Mountain  tobacco}  (Bot.),  a  composite  plant  ({Arnica 
  montana})  of  Europe;  called  also  {leopard's  bane}. 
 
  {Mountain  witch}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  ground  pigeon  of  Jamaica,  of 
  the  genus  {Geotrygon}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gun  \Gun\,  n.  [OE.  gonne,  gunne;  of  uncertain  origin;  cf  Ir., 
  {Gael}.)  A  LL  gunna,  W.  gum;  possibly  (like  cannon)  fr  L. 
  canna  reed,  tube;  or  abbreviated  fr  OF  mangonnel,  E. 
  mangonel,  a  machine  for  hurling  stones.] 
  1.  A  weapon  which  throws  or  propels  a  missile  to  a  distance; 
  any  firearm  or  instrument  for  throwing  projectiles  by  the 
  explosion  of  gunpowder,  consisting  of  a  tube  or  barrel 
  closed  at  one  end  in  which  the  projectile  is  placed,  with 
  an  explosive  charge  behind,  which  is  ignited  by  various 
  means  Muskets,  rifles,  carbines,  and  fowling  pieces  are 
  smaller  guns,  for  hand  use  and  are  called  {small  arms}. 
  Larger  guns  are  called  {cannon},  {ordnance}, 
  {fieldpieces},  {carronades},  {howitzers},  etc  See  these 
  terms  in  the  Vocabulary. 
 
  As  swift  as  a  pellet  out  of  a  gunne  When  fire  is  in 
  the  powder  runne.  --Chaucer. 
 
  The  word  gun  was  in  use  in  England  for  an  engine  to 
  cast  a  thing  from  a  man  long  before  there  was  any 
  gunpowder  found  out  --Selden. 
 
  2.  (Mil.)  A  piece  of  heavy  ordnance;  in  a  restricted  sense  a 
  cannon. 
 
  3.  pl  (Naut.)  Violent  blasts  of  wind. 
 
  Note:  Guns  are  classified,  according  to  their  construction  or 
  manner  of  loading  as  {rifled}  or  {smoothbore}, 
  {breech-loading}  or  {muzzle-loading},  {cast}  or 
  {built-up  guns};  or  according  to  their  use  as  {field}, 
  {mountain},  {prairie},  {seacoast},  and  {siege  guns}. 
 
  {Armstrong  gun},  a  wrought  iron  breech-loading  cannon  named 
  after  its  English  inventor,  Sir  William  Armstrong. 
 
  {Great  gun},  a  piece  of  heavy  ordnance;  hence  (Fig.),  a 
  person  superior  in  any  way 
 
  {Gun  barrel},  the  barrel  or  tube  of  a  gun. 
 
  {Gun  carriage},  the  carriage  on  which  a  gun  is  mounted  or 
  moved 
 
  {Gun  cotton}  (Chem.),  a  general  name  for  a  series  of 
  explosive  nitric  ethers  of  cellulose,  obtained  by  steeping 
  cotton  in  nitric  and  sulphuric  acids.  Although  there  are 
  formed  substances  containing  nitric  acid  radicals,  yet  the 
  results  exactly  resemble  ordinary  cotton  in  appearance.  It 
  burns  without  ash,  with  explosion  if  confined,  but  quietly 
  and  harmlessly  if  free  and  open  and  in  small  quantity. 
  Specifically,  the  lower  nitrates  of  cellulose  which  are 
  insoluble  in  ether  and  alcohol  in  distinction  from  the 
  highest  (pyroxylin)  which  is  soluble.  See  {Pyroxylin},  and 
  cf  {Xyloidin}.  The  gun  cottons  are  used  for  blasting  and 
  somewhat  in  gunnery:  for  making  celluloid  when  compounded 
  with  camphor;  and  the  soluble  variety  (pyroxylin)  for 
  making  collodion.  See  {Celluloid},  and  {Collodion}.  Gun 
  cotton  is  frequenty  but  improperly  called  nitrocellulose. 
  It  is  not  a  nitro  compound,  but  an  ethereal  salt  of  nitric 
  acid. 
 
  {Gun  deck}.  See  under  {Deck}. 
 
  {Gun  fire},  the  time  at  which  the  morning  or  the  evening  gun 
  is  fired. 
 
  {Gun  metal},  a  bronze,  ordinarily  composed  of  nine  parts  of 
  copper  and  one  of  tin,  used  for  cannon,  etc  The  name  is 
  also  given  to  certain  strong  mixtures  of  cast  iron. 
 
  {Gun  port}  (Naut.),  an  opening  in  a  ship  through  which  a 
  cannon's  muzzle  is  run  out  for  firing. 
 
  {Gun  tackle}  (Naut.),  the  blocks  and  pulleys  affixed  to  the 
  side  of  a  ship,  by  which  a  gun  carriage  is  run  to  and  from 
  the  gun  port. 
 
  {Gun  tackle  purchase}  (Naut.),  a  tackle  composed  of  two 
  single  blocks  and  a  fall.  --Totten. 
 
  {Krupp  gun},  a  wrought  steel  breech-loading  cannon,  named 
  after  its  German  inventor,  Herr  Krupp. 
 
  {Machine  gun},  a  breech-loading  gun  or  a  group  of  such  guns, 
  mounted  on  a  carriage  or  other  holder,  and  having  a 
  reservoir  containing  cartridges  which  are  loaded  into  the 
  gun  or  guns  and  fired  in  rapid  succession,  sometimes  in 
  volleys,  by  machinery  operated  by  turning  a  crank.  Several 
  hundred  shots  can  be  fired  in  a  minute  with  accurate  aim 
  The  {Gatling  gun},  {Gardner  gun},  {Hotchkiss  gun},  and 
  {Nordenfelt  gun},  named  for  their  inventors,  and  the 
  French  {mitrailleuse},  are  machine  guns. 
 
  {To  blow  great  guns}  (Naut.),  to  blow  a  gale.  See  {Gun},  n., 
  3. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  mountain 
  adj  :  relating  to  or  located  in  mountains;  "mountain  people"  [syn: 
  {mountain(a)}] 
  n  :  a  land  mass  that  projects  well  above  its  surroundings; 
  higher  than  a  hill  [syn:  {mount}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Mountain,  ND  (city,  FIPS  54740) 
  Location:  48.68345  N,  97.86340  W 
  Population  (1990):  134  (57  housing  units) 
  Area:  0.4  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  58262 
  Mountain,  WI 
  Zip  code(s):  54149 




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