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mount

1
1. a horse for riding
2. a slide used in microscopy
3. Philately
a. a small transparent pocket in an album for a postage stamp
b. another word for hinge

mount

2
1. a mountain or hill: used in literature and (when cap.) in proper names
2. (in palmistry) any of the seven cushions of flesh on the palm of the hand

mount

[mau̇nt]
(electromagnetism)
The flange or other means by which a switching tube, or tube and cavity, is connected to a waveguide.
(engineering)
Structure supporting any apparatus, as a gun, searchlight, telescope, or surveying instrument.
To fasten an apparatus in position, such as a gun on its support.
(ordnance)
To equip; to put into operation; to go into operation, as to mount an offensive.

mount

(file system)
To make a file system available for access.

Unix does this by associating the file system with a directory (the "mount point") within a currently mounted file system. The "root" file system is mounted on the root directory, "/" early in the boot sequence. "mount" is also the Unix command to do this, "unmount" breaks the association.

E.g., "mount attaches a named file system to the file system hierarchy at the pathname location directory [...]" -- Unix manual page mount(8).

File systems are usually mounted either at boot time under control of /etc/rc (or one of its subfiles) or on demand by an automounter daemon.

Other operating systems such as VMS and DOS mount file systems as separate directory hierarchies without any common ancestor or root directory.

Apparently derived from the physical sense of "mount" meaning "attach", as in "head-mounted display", or "set up", as in "always mount a scratch monkey, etc."

Unix manual page: mount(8).

mount

(1) The process of making a hard disk or optical disc accessible to the operating system by establishing the pointers to the indexes on the medium. This is an automatic function performed by the operating system when it first finds new drives or media connected to the computer.

(2) To cause a file on a remote workstation or server to be available for access locally. For example, in NFS (Network File System), a server maintains a list of its directories that are available to clients. When a client mounts a directory on the server, that directory and its subdirectories become part of the client's directory hierarchy. See automounting.
References in classic literature ?
From the moment that they truly loved, they had subjected themselves to earth's doom of care and sorrow, and troubled joy, and had no more a home at Merry Mount.
But none of these motives had much weight with the colonists of Merry Mount.
But what chiefly characterized the colonists of Merry Mount was their veneration for the Maypole.
Not far from Merry Mount was a settlement of Puritans, most dismal wretches, who said their prayers before daylight, and then wrought in the forest or the cornfield till evening made it prayer time again.
But should the banner staff of Merry Mount be fortunate, sunshine would break upon the hills, and flowers would beautify the forest, and late posterity do homage to the Maypole.
Even that dim light is now withdrawn, relinquishing the whole domain of Merry Mount to the evening gloom, which has rushed so instantaneously from the black surrounding woods.
Yes, with the setting sun, the last day of mirth had passed from Merry Mount.
We rather doubt his identity with the priest of Merry Mount.
It groaned with a dismal sound; it showered leaves and rosebuds upon the remorseless enthusiast; and finally, with all its green boughs and ribbons and flowers, symbolic of departed pleasures, down fell the banner staff of Merry Mount.
They went heavenward, supporting each other along the difficult path which it was their lot to tread, and never wasted one regretful thought on the vanities of Merry Mount.
Toward noon of the following day we halted to rest our mounts and ourselves.
98" space between the mount and the wall provides the ADA compliance of our LMVS in a portrait orientated position, which offers an ultra-low profile to the display and is perfect for a variety of applications.