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 organization, which advocates non-dairy alternatives such as soy milk, has approached Publix, so far without luck, about using its clout as a buyer to impose animal-welfare standards. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Brutal cow abuse videos result in reforms, possible legislation," 15 June 2018 Crickets pack more protein than beef, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach and as many fatty acids as salmon. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, "A New Animal Farm," 12 June 2018 Mayers wanted to add chocolate milk, but Avila nixed that. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Sawyer’s Julio Avila re-imagines his grandmother’s beloved tres leches cake recipe — with an extra burst of ‘milk’," 29 Jan. 2019 Remove from heat; add almond milk, butter, cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper; and mash until smooth. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Mashed Sweet Potato and Carrots," 23 Jan. 2019 Some districts, such as Torrance Unified near Los Angeles, only served crackers, milk, and a fruit or vegetable to middle and high school students without money in their lunch accounts. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "How states and crowdfunding are tackling the growing problem of student lunch debt," 27 Dec. 2018 In a medium saucepan, combine cream, milk, and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, on medium-high until bubbles begin to break the surface, about 6 minutes. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Berry Custard Crunch," 20 Aug. 2018 BIOTIN Small amounts of this B vitamin are found in carrots, almonds, milk, and other foods. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 Save room for the fried milk, and skip the cocktails and opt for either sake or wine—the list for both is extensive. Diana Oates, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Restaurants in Houston," 1 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For the more adventurous travelers, the Bold Coast offers more than scenery with firsthand cultural experiences like clam digging and goat milking to make cheese. Lydia Culp, Fox News, "Best US road trips," 2 Apr. 2018 Berlusconi is clearly relishing the prospect of being a potential kingmaker and milking a role as a familiar face to reassure European Union partners. Washington Post, "New faces and old hands battle it out in Italy’s election," 3 Mar. 2018 Supporters have milked a lot of free publicity for their cause with a clever marketing campaign. Brian Blackstone, WSJ, "Should Cows Have Horns? Switzerland Will Decide," 23 Nov. 2018 Roden’s farm, near West Bend, milks about 600 cows and has 1,800 acres of cropland. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dairy farmers tell their story at West Allis Farmers Market," 16 June 2018 Garner nicely milks all of Boris’ vaudevillian gags. Hugh Hunter, Philly.com, "'Can-Can' at Broadway Pitman: Energetic, with great song and dance, but dated," 30 Apr. 2018 Anup Katheria’s team at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital San Diego is trying a technique called umbilical-cord milking on babies who are born not breathing and have to be resuscitated. Laura Landro, WSJ, "The New, Improved World of Infant Care," 16 Sep. 2018 Wisconsin lost 500 dairy farms in 2017, and about 150 have quit milking cows so far this year, putting the total number of milk-cow herds at around 7,600 — down 20 percent from five years ago. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Already in trouble, Wisconsin dairy farmers are now getting hammered by tariffs," 27 June 2018 Locker is busy raising cattle, milking cows, writing about theology. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "Why Jake Locker Walked Away From Football—and Why He Doesn’t Miss It," 18 Apr. 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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