milk

noun
\ ˈmilk How to pronounce milk (audio) \

Definition of milk

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 3)

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 3)

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After months of downing Peanut Butter Moo’ds (frozen yogurt, bananas, chocolate milk), his running shorts got tight. Hannah Seidlitz, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, the blend of fruits, veggies, and protein-rich milk or yogurt can be an easy breakfast or energizing snack. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 8 May 2022 Another neighbor had a few goats that supplied milk and yogurt. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2022 In another were things that were okay as a treat: ice cream, butter, chocolate milk, cheeseburgers. Anne Helen Petersen, Bon Appétit, 20 Apr. 2022 RyanJLaneGetty Images Start your day with a tour of this coffee factory (there’s hot chocolate and chocolate milk for the kids). Karen Cicero, Good Housekeeping, 20 Apr. 2022 Even that doesn’t keep her from drinking the chocolate milk. Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2022 Next up is a massage using coconut chocolate milk mixed with antioxidant-rich oils. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 30 Jan. 2022 Add the dry ingredients and coffee-milk-chocolate mixture alternately in three additions -- starting and ending on the dry ingredients, and beating until well combined. CNN, 20 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin, the parents of seven children, had gone to milk their cows in a meadow above Chandolin in the Valais canton on August 15, 1942, but never returned, Reuters reported. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 10 May 2022 Purdue started to milk the clock from there, and the Spartans began their wait for what’s to come next week in the NCAAs. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 12 Mar. 2022 Triple H and The Undertaker knew how to milk each major moment, especially when the former tries to take Taker’s head off with a sledgehammer. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 31 Mar. 2022 Especially in the last console generation, emulation went from being a way for hackers and maybe-pirates to get their old-school fix to being a relatively inexpensive way for gaming's older companies to milk their back catalogs. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 9 Dec. 2021 From the looks of it, Disney is ready to milk those reveals to promote its Disney Plus streaming service. Chris Smith, BGR, 20 Feb. 2022 Bufo hunters catch the toads at night using flashlights—the toads freeze when confronted by a bright light—then milk the venom from the toad’s parotid glands, typically holding a mirror up to catch the spray. Alex Kuczynski, Town & Country, 20 Jan. 2022 These standards include updates to milk, whole grains and sodium requirements for school meals. Liz Stark, CNN, 4 Feb. 2022 Mills' progress was never more evident than late in Sunday's upset when the Texans were trying to milk the clock and hold on to a 27-23 lead with less than three minutes remaining. Matt Young, Chron, 27 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The beer was cold and good, the local sheep’s milk cheese pungent and delicious. Washington Post, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 1 May 2018 See More

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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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More Definitions for milk

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

milk

transitive verb

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

Milk geographical name

\ ˈmilk How to pronounce Milk (audio) \

Definition of Milk

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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