1) ADJ-GRADED A mountainous place has a lot of mountains.

...the mountainous region of Campania.

2) ADJ (emphasis) If you refer to mountainous seas, you are emphasizing that the sea is very rough.

The fishermen set off in mountainous seas.

3) ADJ: ADJ n (emphasis) You use mountainous to emphasize that something is great in size, quantity, or degree.

In the lighted doorway stood the mountainous figure of a woman...

The plan is designed to reduce some of the company's mountainous debt.


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  • mountainous — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. montagneux, from V.L. *montaneosus mountainous, from *montanea (see MOUNTAIN (Cf. mountain)) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • mountainous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having many mountains. 2) huge; enormous …   English terms dictionary

  • mountainous — [mount′ n əs] adj. 1. having or full of mountains 2. having the nature of or like a mountain; esp., very large mountainously adv …   English World dictionary

  • mountainous — moun|tain|ous [ˈmauntınəs US ˈmauntənəs] adj 1.) a mountainous area has a lot of mountains ▪ the mountainous coast of Wales ▪ a mountainous region 2.) very large in amount or size ▪ They were struggling with mountainous debts …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mountainous — adjective 1 having a lot of mountains: the mountainous coast of Wales | a mountainous region 2 very large in amount or size: a mountainous woman in a floral swimsuit …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • mountainous — mountainously, adv. mountainousness, n. /mown tn euhs/, adj. 1. abounding in mountains: a mountainous wilderness. 2. of the nature of a mountain. 3. resembling a mountain or mountains, as being very large and high: mountainous waves. [1400 50;… …   Universalium

  • mountainous — adjective 1) a mountainous region Syn: hilly, craggy, rocky, alpine; upland, highland Ant: flat 2) mountainous waves Syn: huge, enormous …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • mountainous — highland highland adj. of, located in, or characteristic of high or hilly country. Contrasted to {lowland}. [prenominal] [Narrower terms: {alpestrine, subalpine ; {alpine}; {mountain(prenominal) ; {mountainous ] Syn: upland. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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