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

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 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 church serves a grab and go sack meal consisting of an entree, vegetable, bag of chips, cheese stick, juice and milk on a first come, first served basis. Pine Bluff Commercial, Arkansas Online, "Calendar 4-3-21," 3 Apr. 2021 These packages include meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables, breads, and milk. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Former Carroll County Food Sunday director receives gifts, praise on Ed Leister Day," 26 Mar. 2021 The shooter invaded a routine place, a grocery store, where thousands drop in daily to buy eggs and milk or get a COVID-19 shot. David Kelly, Los Angeles Times, "When grocery shopping ends in death: Boulder mass shooting shatters town’s fragile peace," 23 Mar. 2021 Dark chocolate is healthier than milk or light chocolate by far. Angela Watson, chicagotribune.com, "Health benefits of cocoa powder," 22 Mar. 2021 But instead of the more expensive cream and milk filling, Hong Kong bakeries used eggs, sugar and water. Washington Post, "With a flaky crust and delicate filling, Chinese egg tarts evoke sweet memories and a fusion cuisine," 22 Mar. 2021 Neither the cattle’s beef nor milk took on the flavor of seaweed in either study. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Seaweed-laced feed reduces methane in cow burps by 82%. Potential impact on greenhouse emissions," 17 Mar. 2021 Blend Your Smoothie Bowl Ingredients Using the formula above, blend your ingredients in a high-powered blender ($160, Amazon) along with a few ice cubes and a small amount of milk or water of your choice. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Make a Smoothie Bowl That's Both Stunning and Delicious," 17 Mar. 2021 Whisk till the egg and milk are well combined, with no streaks of yolk showing. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Popovers! Perfect for Passover and beyond," 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tufte has shown the ability to kill penalties by breaking up a play or winning a board battle, then carrying the puck into the offensive zone to milk the clock. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars prospect update: How Adam Mascherin, Riley Tufte, Ben Gleason and Thomas Harley are performing in the AHL," 2 Apr. 2021 So to milk everything out of that one album wasn’t the thing to do. Devon Ivie, Vulture, "The Most Punk, Irreverent, and Joyous of the Go-Go’s, According to Belinda Carlisle," 25 Mar. 2021 That was an indication that Disney still wants to milk legacy Star Wars characters, especially considering its ambitious Star Wars plans for Disney+. Chris Smith, BGR, "This is who Disney will reportedly cast as the new Luke Skywalker," 12 Mar. 2021 The essential dilemma is how to milk the life for drama while also accommodating what was singular enough to merit biopic treatment in the first place: the work. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "The Trials of Billie Holiday," 26 Feb. 2021 To that end, the state fair added the U-Learn Farm in the Cow Palace 13 years ago, giving kids the opportunity to learn about oyster beds, create seed sprouting jars and milk a fake life-size cow. Washington Post, "Maryland state fairgrounds in ‘shambles,’ officials say, but there’s not enough money for repairs," 22 Feb. 2021 Brady, with the ball in his hands, would not find a way to move the ball and milk the clock enough to secure the victory. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Even with six Super Bowl rings, Bucs' Tom Brady still had something to prove to himself," 24 Jan. 2021 But band-leader Fred Wesley knew how to milk a sound for all its worth. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "50 greatest Rock & Roll Hall of Fame albums of 1971," 22 Jan. 2021 No running water, no money to speak of — as a child, Dan Woolley would catch and milk the skittish range cattle for extra cash. Fox News, "Idaho cold case murder shook town; suspect's arrest causes aftershocks," 6 Dec. 2020 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

6 Apr 2021

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“Milk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/milk. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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