4
$\begingroup$

I think we can all agree that these are hills:

enter image description here

Image from Wikipedia

They're kinda gentle, not too tall, and altogether nice-looking. But it's always bugged me that I can't come up with an objective definition for the word. Is that little bump in my lawn a hill? It's gentle, not too tall, and altogether nice looking. But I still wouldn't call it a hill.

Is there a widely accepted definition for 'hill'?

$\endgroup$
5
  • $\begingroup$ That's pretty nice karsted terrain. (Appears to be an excellent example of cockpit karst.) Where is that? $\endgroup$ Apr 17 '14 at 16:48
  • $\begingroup$ It's of Chocolate Hills in the Philippines, @Joe. I grabbed it from Wikipedia Commons, probably should have attributed it. Done now. $\endgroup$
    – Undo
    Apr 17 '14 at 17:09
  • $\begingroup$ I think this is more or less a duplicate of earthscience.stackexchange.com/questions/104/… - the question in both is "what's the difference between a mountain and a hill". $\endgroup$
    – naught101
    Apr 18 '14 at 0:49
  • $\begingroup$ @AnnonomusPerson: "what's the standard definition" and "what's your definition" are two very different questions. $\endgroup$
    – naught101
    Apr 18 '14 at 0:51
  • $\begingroup$ @naught Never mind, retracted the close vote. It seems like this is more of a scientific definition (quantitative, not qualitative). | Undo: That looks more like a small mountain to me! :P $\endgroup$ Apr 18 '14 at 0:55

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.