milk

noun
\ ˈmilk \

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 coconut milk soy 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

milk

adjective

Definition of milk (Entry 3 of 4)

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

Milk

geographical name
\ ˈmilk \

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 World Health Organization resolution stated that breast milk is the healthiest choice for babies and encouraged countries to crack down on misleading claims from purveyors of formula. Rebecca Beitsch, The Christian Science Monitor, "All US states now allow breastfeeding in public," 13 July 2018 The stance has puzzled many health experts, as decades of research has shown that breast milk is the healthiest option for babies overall. Ashley Welch, CBS News, "Why breastfeeding is the "gold standard" for babies' health," 10 July 2018 Women who are targeted with aggressive advertising from formula companies need better nutrition and breastfeeding support—not increased access to an expensive breast-milk substitute. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Donald Trump Tweets About Breastfeeding—But Misses the Whole Point," 10 July 2018 About half of all American babies receive breast milk at 6 months, but only about 20 percent are exclusively breastfeed. Jen Gann, The Cut, "Trump Would Love to Declare a Mommy War," 10 July 2018 Photo: Jesse Newman/The Wall Street Journal Dairy farmers have been banking on sales abroad to help absorb increasing milk supplies that have pushed down prices. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Trade Fight Threatens Farm Belt Businesses," 2 July 2018 Starting in infancy, mothers who are breastfeeding should continue to vary their diet, the flavors of which are transferred through her milk supply. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Picky, picky: Strategies to get your kids (or yourself) to try new foods," 11 June 2018 Chemical sunscreens Many chemical sunscreens get absorbed in the body and show up in urine and breast milk. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "What you need to know about 'hazardous' sunscreen ingredients | Miami Herald," 27 Apr. 2018 The baby even intervenes, in absentia, on Margo’s one night out on the town, when Margo leaks breast milk during a visit to a punk club. Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Charlize Theron jokes around, discusses career and new film ‘Tully’ at SFFilm Festival," 9 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Adults and kids of all ages can take part in an array of activities, from milking cows and bottle-feeding calves to fly fishing and hiking. Lindsay Cohn, USA TODAY, "Agriturismo, American style: 8 farm and food experiences in the USA," 15 June 2018 Kim has milked this coming-out party for maximum impact back home, where Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North Korean Workers’ Party, devoted its entire front page to adoring coverage of Kim’s day on the global stage. Noah Bierman, latimes.com, "A reporter's chance to shout questions at a dictator and witness history," 12 June 2018 Lyft’s biggest competitor was Uber, a bigger company that had preceded it in the business of shaking up the taxi cartels that milked monopoly status in most municipalities. Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, "Fly On, My Sleek Electric Bird," 30 May 2018 Using a four corners offense that would’ve made John McClendon and Dean Smith smile, the Senators milked the clock and tied a bow around their seventh straight conference victory with nine fourth-quarter free throws. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Taft takes control of CMAC with 61-39 win over Hughes," 2 Feb. 2018 Also look for a bean spitting contest at noon Aug. 4, Hot Wheels racing for all ages at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 5 and a goat milking contest at 5 p.m. Aug. 9. Annie Alleman, Post-Tribune, "Step right up to Northwest Indiana county fairs," 28 June 2018 The $100 million the company made was milked from Medicare and private insurers, prosecutors said. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Patients got needless blood work. Their doctors got sex, cars and strippers, N.J. prosecutors say," 13 June 2018 That amount could produce around 10,000 liters a day, or about 6 liters per milking camel. Rebecca Keenan, Bloomberg.com, "The World Wants More Camel Milk. Australia Can Help," 23 May 2018 The next day, there's one of the staff milking Bibi. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "It's Fiona the hippo's birthday. She's already had a remarkable life.," 18 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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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milk

noun

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 \

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 \

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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