<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).

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1. A mass of earth, or earth and rock, rising considerably above the common surface of the surrounding land; a mountain; a high hill; used always instead of mountain, when put before a proper name; as, Mount Washington; otherwise, chiefly in poetry.

2. A bulwark for offense or defense; a mound. "Hew ye down trees, and cast a mount against Jerusalem." (Jer. Vi. 6)

3. [See Mont de piete] A bank; a fund. Mount of piety. See Mont de piete.

Origin: OE. Munt, mont, mount, AS. Munt, fr. L. Mons, montis; cf. L. Minae protections, E. Eminent, menace: cf. F. Mont. Cf. Mount, Mountain, Mont, Monte, Montem.

1. To rise on high; to go up; to be upraised or uplifted; to tower aloft; to ascend; often with up. "Though Babylon should mount up to heaven." (Jer. Li. 53) "The fire of trees and houses mounts on high." (Cowley)

2. To get up on anything, as a platform or scaffold; especially, to seat one's self on a horse for riding.

3. To attain in value; to amount. "Bring then these blessings to a strict account, Make fair deductions, see to what they mount." (Pope)

Origin: OE. Mounten, monten, F. Monter, fr. L. Mons, montis, mountain. See Mount, (above).

That upon which a person or thing is mounted, as:

A horse. "She had so good a seat and hand, she might be trusted with any mount." (G. Eliot)

The cardboard or cloth on which a drawing, photograph, or the like is mounted; a mounting.

Origin: From Mount.

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