milk

noun
\ ˈmilk How to pronounce milk (audio) \

Definition of milk

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : a fluid secreted by the mammary glands of females for the nourishment of their young
b(1) : milk from an animal and especially a cow used as food by people
(2) : a food product produced from seeds or fruit that resembles and is used similarly to cow's milk almond/coconut/soy/nut milk
2 : a liquid resembling milk in appearance: such as
a : the latex of a plant
b : the contents of an unripe kernel of grain
3 : lactation cows in milk

milk

verb
milked; milking; milks

Definition of milk (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1a(1) : to draw milk from the breasts or udder of
(2) obsolete : suckle sense 2
b : to draw (milk) from the breast or udder
c : suckle sense 1 used of domestic animals
2 : to draw something from as if by milking: such as
a : to induce (a snake) to eject venom
b : to draw or coerce profit or advantage from illicitly or to an extreme degree : exploit milk the joke for all it's worth

intransitive verb

: to draw or yield milk

Definition of milk (Entry 3 of 4)

: giving milk specifically : bred or suitable primarily for milk production milk cows

Milk

geographical name
\ ˈmilk How to pronounce Milk (audio) \

Definition of Milk (Entry 4 of 4)

river 625 miles (1006 kilometers) long in the Canadian province of Alberta and the U.S. state of Montana; flows southeast into the Missouri River

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Examples of milk in a Sentence

Noun cheese made from sheep's milk a glass of low-fat milk Verb greedy landlords milking their tenants of all their money unscrupulous people trying to milk the welfare system for all it's worth
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The iconic strip joint stays open until 4 a.m. Christina Rose kisses her newborn, Palmer, after waking up past midnight to calm his cries with some milk and rocking before putting the young boy back to bed. Scott Utterback, courier-journal.com, "Louisville, from dusk to dawn: What we captured while the city was seemingly asleep," 11 Feb. 2020 Land O’Lakes—which sells products made with milk, but not the beverage itself—has been immune to some of these pressures. Beth Kowitt, Fortune, "Land O’Lakes wants to introduce you to the farmer behind your butter," 7 Feb. 2020 That could be milk or undercooked meat, or even mucus, urine, or feces. Sara Harrison, Wired, "Ask the Know-It-Alls: What Is a Coronavirus?," 7 Feb. 2020 The same savory magic in pork and oysters runs through anchovies, seaweed and mushrooms, not to mention breast milk and amniotic fluid. Elizabeth G. Dunn, WSJ, "From MSG Scare to MVP Status: How We Learned to Love Umami," 30 Jan. 2020 The brand dates back to the late 1800s, when Pennsylvania dairies became known for their soft, creamy cheese made with whole milk. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "How Philadelphia Became the One and Only Cream Cheese," 13 Jan. 2020 In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk, then whisk egg mixture into flour. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Four breakfasts worth celebrating," 27 Dec. 2019 Brush the top with milk and sprinkle with a little cinnamon and sugar. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "These pies are Minnesota award winners. Here’s how to make them.," 30 Oct. 2019 While Starbucks accounts for less than 1 percent of US milk production, the decision to formally declare an emphasis on non-dairy options may encourage other food-service outlets to follow suit. BostonGlobe.com, "Some Uber drivers can set their own rates," 21 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Akufo-Addo is milking his government’s Year of Return campaign which has won global plaudits in the way it’s opened up the country to the African-American and Caribbean diaspora. Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo, Quartz Africa, "These are the key African elections to watch in 2020," 13 Jan. 2020 Apple’s iPhone sales are still sputtering while the company tries to offset the decline by milking more money from digital services such as music. Michael Liedtke, SFChronicle.com, "Apple profit falls 13%," 30 July 2019 Not every comedian has to be topical, and milking gags out of current headlines hasn’t been a big part of what C.K. is known for. al, "Louis C.K. in Mobile: We’ll have the resurrection, but you can hold the redemption," 31 Jan. 2020 By Aboulafia’s reckoning, Boeing spent $78 billion on shareholder returns over the past 15 years while milking the lucrative 737 and treating engineers as an expendable cost center. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "New Boeing CEO faces daunting task," 19 Jan. 2020 On the farm: One family's battle to save a livelihood after milking goes sour Reach breaking news reporter Sarah Ladd at sladd@courier-journal.com. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Almond, coconut and soy milk may no longer be advertised as 'milk' under proposed bill," 13 Jan. 2020 Previous presidents avoided the campaign trail until deep into their reelection year, milking incumbency in a bid to cultivate the image of a bipartisan policymaker untainted by ugly politics. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Record early start for reelection campaign as Trump fires up base for 2020," 7 Jan. 2020 About a third of its farms allow calves to milk from their own mothers to some degree — highly unusual in the industry — often by separating the mother cows for milking during the day when the calves are grazing with their peers. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "Videos of Fair Oaks Farms triggered outrage. But who polices how the dairy industry treats its cows?," 21 June 2019 Towards the final minute of play, Sierra Canyon began to spread the floor to milk the clock to seal the victory. Dana Scott, azcentral, "Sierra Canyon of California soars in dunk fest to outduel Millennium at HoopHall West," 8 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The beer was cold and good, the local sheep’s milk cheese pungent and delicious. Washington Post, "Once war-torn, Slovenia has become a green retreat," 27 Nov. 2019 The protein Perfect Day uses may not come from cow milk, but it’s still technically milk protein—and that’s what’s printed on the ingredients list, because that’s how the US Food and Drug Administration regulates product labeling. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "The next big ice cream aisle addition will be dairy-free…kind of," 11 July 2019 Some of the farm groups cite Canada’s dairy system as an example of how milk supply management, coupled with price controls, has kept small farms in business. Rick Barrett, USA TODAY, "America's Dairyland reels as low milk prices destroy family farms," 1 May 2018 Some of the farm groups cite Canada’s dairy system as an example of how milk supply management, coupled with price controls, has kept small farms in business. Rick Barrett, USA TODAY, "America's Dairyland reels as low milk prices destroy family farms," 1 May 2018 Some of the farm groups cite Canada’s dairy system as an example of how milk supply management, coupled with price controls, has kept small farms in business. Rick Barrett, USA TODAY, "America's Dairyland reels as low milk prices destroy family farms," 1 May 2018 Some of the farm groups cite Canada’s dairy system as an example of how milk supply management, coupled with price controls, has kept small farms in business. Rick Barrett, USA TODAY, "America's Dairyland reels as low milk prices destroy family farms," 1 May 2018 Some of the farm groups cite Canada’s dairy system as an example of how milk supply management, coupled with price controls, has kept small farms in business. Rick Barrett, USA TODAY, "America's Dairyland reels as low milk prices destroy family farms," 1 May 2018 Some of the farm groups cite Canada’s dairy system as an example of how milk supply management, coupled with price controls, has kept small farms in business. Rick Barrett, USA TODAY, "America's Dairyland reels as low milk prices destroy family farms," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of milk

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for milk

Noun

Middle English, from Old English meolc, milc; akin to Old High German miluh milk, Old English melcan to milk — more at emulsion

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Time Traveler for milk

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The first known use of milk was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Milk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/milk. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for milk

milk

noun
How to pronounce Milk (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of milk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a white liquid produced by a woman to feed her baby or by female animals to feed their young especially : milk from cows or goats that is used as food by people
: a white liquid produced by a plant

milk

verb

English Language Learners Definition of milk (Entry 2 of 2)

: to get milk from (an animal)
: to use (something or someone) in a way that helps you unfairly

milk

noun
\ ˈmilk How to pronounce milk (audio) \

Kids Definition of milk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a whitish liquid produced and given off by the breasts or udder of a female mammal as food for her young
2 : milk from an animal and especially a cow used as food by people
3 : a liquid that looks like milk coconut milk

milk

verb
milked; milking

Kids Definition of milk (Entry 2 of 2)

: to draw milk from (as by pressing) milk a cow

milk

noun
\ ˈmilk How to pronounce milk (audio) \

Medical Definition of milk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a fluid secreted by the mammary glands of females for the nourishment of their young
b(1) : milk from an animal and especially a cow used as food by people
(2) : a food product produced from seeds or fruit that resembles and is used similarly to cow's milk coconut milk soy milk
2 : lactation sense 2 cows in milk

Medical Definition of milk (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : to draw milk from the breasts or udder of
b : to draw (milk) from the breast or udder
2 : to induce (a snake) to eject venom

intransitive verb

: to draw or yield milk

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