Simple Definition of windmill
: a structure that has parts which are turned around by the wind and that is used to produce power, pump water, etc.
Full Definition of windmill
1 a : a mill or machine operated by the wind usually acting on oblique vanes or sails that radiate from a horizontal shaft; especially : a wind-driven water pump or electric generator b : the wind-driven wheel of a windmill
2 : something that resembles or suggests a windmill; especially : a calisthenic exercise that involves alternately lowering each outstretched hand to touch the toes of the opposite foot
3 [from the episode in Don Quixote by Cervantes in which the hero attacks windmills under the illusion that they are giants] : an imaginary wrong, evil, or opponent —usually used in the phrase to tilt at windmills
Definition of windmill
: to cause to move like a windmill
: to move like a windmill; especially : to spin from the force of wind
First Known Use of windmill
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Definition of windmill for Students
: a mill or a machine (as for pumping water) worked by the wind turning sails or vanes at the top of a tower
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