From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhillhill /hɪl/ ●●● S2 W2 noun [countable] 1 DNan area of land that is higher than the land around it, like a mountain but smaller → uphill, downhill Their house is on a hill overlooking the sea. A cart was making its way up the hill.2 DNTTRa slope on a road There’s a steep hill ahead. → downhill1, uphill13 → the Hill4 → over the hill5 → it doesn’t amount to a hill of beansCOLLOCATIONSadjectivessteepShe pushed her bicycle up the steep hill.rolling/gentle hills (=hills with slopes that are not steep)He loved the green rolling hills of Dorset.a long hillThe bus started going up the long hill into town.verbsclimb a hill (=walk or drive up a hill)She climbed the hill out of the village.go down a hillIt's best to use a low gear when you are going down steep hills. phrasesthe top of a hillThe view from the top of the hill was beautiful.the brow/crest of a hill (=the top part of a hill)A tank appeared over the brow of the hill.the bottom/foot of a hillThe house was at the bottom of a hill.hill + NOUNa hill townthe hill towns of Tuscanyhill country (=a rural area where there are a lot of hills)the rough hill country on the Welsh border
Examples from the Corpushill• At Kaliro the hunters would build a small fire on a hill to show they were safe.• For a while it looks like the red earth, green vegetation and gentle hills of Sedona.• One should expect things like phosphorescent hills and midnight gunplay.• He ran down the hill, towards the small winding road.• The noise rumbled back uncertainly from the hills beyond the town.• The hotel is up on the hill, overlooking the town.• Roosters answered one another throughout the hills of upper Queenstown.steep hill• He was rolling away from her, rolling for ever down a steep hill.• Set into a steep hill green with trees, they look out upon the sea.• It stretches up a steep hill and overlooks the rivers Tay and Earn.• Replacing the bowls, they pedalled on down the steep hill and up the next.• Coal for the mill's steam engine was carried up the steep hill on donkeys.• After lunch, he and Barnabas walked up the steep hill to Fernbank.• Wearing a pair of tennis shoes, he walked up the steep hill with the energy of a young mountain climber.• But that's through high trees and up steep hills.