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 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

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 While her husband was in office, Obama helped the USDA usher in requirements demanding that schools offer more fruits and vegetables, abolish trans fats, serve only low-fat milk, and cut back on sodium. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "USDA plans to scrap Michelle Obama school lunch restrictions to allow for more flexibility," 17 Jan. 2020 The Coombs family's scramble to find another co-op or buyer for their milk turned up nothing. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "On the farm: One family's battle to save a livelihood after milking goes sour," 2 Jan. 2020 Already, my milk felt like Tetris blocks stacking up with alarming quickness in my boobs. June Demelo, Harper's BAZAAR, "When she refused to nurse one evening around 10 months old, I chalked it up to a fluke, probably an illness, definitely not a sudden spurt of baby-led weaning.," 23 Dec. 2019 Sometimes Raffi dozes off after his milk, or just takes a while to drink it. Keith Gessen, The New Yorker, "Love and Anger," 23 Dec. 2019 Cheddar cheese was produced from cows whose grass diet was high in beta-carotene, which lent an orange pigment to their milk. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Why Is Cheddar Cheese Orange Sometimes?," 17 Dec. 2019 Though his Milwaukee childhood was difficult, Houdini frequently returned to the city to perform between 1896 and 1923, escaping handcuffs at a police station, performing his milk can escape and lecturing at Marquette University. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Houdini spent 4 years in Milwaukee, where he delivered the Daily Journal and learned how to hold his breath in the Milwaukee River," 10 Dec. 2019 Kitchen tips include how to make your own nut milk, soak beans, and pickle vegetables. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "What Is Oprah's Latest Diet? A Nutritionist Explains the OMD Plan," 8 Nov. 2019 In its nightmares China will eat its lunch and New Zealand will provide its milk. The Economist, "India pulls out of a big proposed regional trade deal," 4 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb More frequent milking means more wear and tear on cows, which not only makes them uncomfortable, but can also open them up to health problems. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "We Should Explain Why This Cow Is Wearing a VR Headset," 26 Nov. 2019 Then again, based on the artful maneuvering of General Manager Andy Elisburg and the Heat front office, Silva's NBA eligibility just might be milked into the new year. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Heat’s Silva has managed to pack 11 games into 8 days of NBA service," 15 Nov. 2019 Towson subsequently milked the clock to less than three minutes to go before fumbling the ball. Kyle J. Andrews, baltimoresun.com, "Moore rushes for 130 yards, carries Towson football over City, 14-6, in first playoff win in school history," 9 Nov. 2019 Now, Ruiz can milk 12 weeks of preparation to defense his four championship belts. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Heavyweight champ Andy Ruiz Jr. seems fit, focused in San Diego appearance," 19 Oct. 2019 Researchers at the National Autonomous University of Mexico milked scorpions of the eastern Mexican species Diplocentrus melici, whose venom had never been studied before. Rachel Crowell, Scientific American, "Scorpion Venom Could Lead to New Antibiotics," 4 Oct. 2019 Now, around 3,000 cows are milked at this dairy barn each day. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "I took a tour of Fair Oaks Farms. Here's what I saw.," 10 June 2019 Deliberate, milking the shot clock, back-door cuts to the basket, tough rebounding, the Black Bears were playing a brand of basketball reminiscent of the Yankee Conference on snowy evenings. Dom Amore, courant.com, "UConn men find rhythm in second half, defeat Maine, 64-40," 1 Dec. 2019 Offensive coordinator Max Hall went to Jamison repeatedly in the second half, milking a 14-6 lead. Richard Obert, azcentral, "American Leadership Academy-Queen Creek bounces back from probation season to capture 3A football crown," 29 Nov. 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

20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Milk.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/milk. Accessed 21 January 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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