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  1. Dany's Avatar

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    "hill" or "mountain"


    I'm a little confused about the usige of "hill" and "mountain"

    I would say that a mountain is very big like the Mount Everest.
    Hill I would rather use for a small bank in a country for example.

    But what would you use for the middle?
    - a small mountain?
    - a big hill?

    Thanks a lot in advance,

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    Re: "hill" or "mountain"

    According to Ecyclopedia Britannica anything 2000ft high (610 m) and over constitues a mountain. I really can't find any exact definitions of a hill except that it's smaller than a moutain. I can't imagine a hill being 1900 ft high. That's a pretty darn big hill if you ask me. A mountain is supposed to have steep and rocky sides. If you look at scientific descriptions of a mountain, they will tell you that its history goes back to tectonic forces - earthquakes, volcanos, etc. Some say a mountain is marked by having a peak ( it's called a topographic marker) while a hill doesn't have one.
    In any case, those discriptions seem to be somewhat vague but the rule of thumb is excatly what you have just noticed - mountains are way bigger than hills.

    Last edited by Marylin; 07-Jun-2005 at 03:58.

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    Re: "hill" or "mountain"

    Thanks a lot Marylin


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    Re: "hill" or "mountain"

    The everyday definition is relative. In a flat country, people may use the term mountain for something pretty small.

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    Re: "hill" or "mountain"

    Quote Originally Posted by Dany
    Thanks a lot Marylin

    You are welcome, Dany!
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    Re: "hill" or "mountain"

    Quote Originally Posted by Marylin
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