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 Among the objects on display are a fecal transplant kit, a tank filled with zebrafish, a work that simulates the smell of extinct plants, and a perfumed sculpture suggestive of the scent of breast milk. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "This London Gallery Is Working to Be One of the World’s Most Accessible Museums," 11 Sep. 2019 Although the can says its made with milk, Hard Coffee is surprisingly watery and leaves a sugary coating in the mouth that's far from pleasant. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "We tried Pabst Blue Ribbon's Stronger Seltzer and Hard Coffee. Here's what they taste like," 6 Sep. 2019 Some young mothers had to wear clothes stained with breast milk. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Congressman Steve King says water from toilet-fountain hybrid at detention center was "not bad"," 5 Sep. 2019 Mariam became a hit in Thailand after images of biologists embracing and feeding her with milk and seagrass spread across social media. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Thailand's beloved lost baby dugong dies with plastic in stomach, vets say," 17 Aug. 2019 But the third course confounded me — the exceptionally fresh and creamy spot prawn, blended with soy milk, Cointreau and orange juice and topped with beet gelatin, was even better than the three star dishes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Get ready for a long night — and to have your mind blown — at Arama," 15 Aug. 2019 One of the most popular items is Indian instant coffee — beaten with milk, sugar and cocoa to resemble cappuccino. Jaweed Kaleem, latimes.com, "How a rural Oklahoma truck stop became a destination for Sikh Punjabis crossing America," 27 June 2019 Bloomberg attempts to track it by following the change in price of a café con leche (coffee with milk) in the capital Caracas. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "Venezuela has finally admitted to the awful state of its economy," 1 June 2019 Just in 2018, Food Sunday spent $72,584 providing milk and eggs. Hermine Saunders, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Saunders: A tasty Love Boat ticket can help produce food, fun and hope for Carroll County," 7 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Instead of milking customers, Sony would be better served by either folding Now and Plus into one service or offering a steep discount to have both. Washington Post, "Sony’s PlayStation Now Needs More Than a Price Cut," 2 Oct. 2019 The new video released Wednesday was shot by another undercover investigator posing as an employee at Fair Oaks’ rotary milking system from February to April of this year. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "Fairlife, Fair Oaks Farms owners hit with lawsuit alleging fraud for claiming 'extraordinary care' of cows," 12 June 2019 The father of five then starts teaching Tyler the basics of milking a cow. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Watch Fixer Upper Star Chip Gaines Try to Milk a Cow Straight Into a YouTuber's Mouth," 13 Sep. 2019 Apple has been trying to offset the decline in smartphone sales by milking more money from services such as music subscriptions. CBS News, "Apple investors shrug off sputtering iPhone sales," 30 July 2019 With Minnesota leading 23-7 at Camp Randall Stadium, Fleck mentioned how the Gophers went on a 15-play drive that milked more than nine minutes off the clock at the start of the fourth quarter. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "P.J. Fleck: 2018 win over Badgers set tone for ‘decades of Gopher football’," 17 July 2019 Moored in a small harbor in Rotterdam’s busy port, the farm is a futuristic three-story floating structure where one robot milks the cows and another automatically scoops up the manure that gives the enterprise its familiar smell. Washington Post, "Dutch farm floats possibilities of urban dairy production," 30 June 2019 Moored in a small harbor in Rotterdam’s busy port, the farm is a futuristic three-story floating structure where one robot milks the cows and another automatically scoops up the manure that gives the enterprise its familiar smell. Mike Corder, BostonGlobe.com, "Dutch farm floats possibilities of urban dairy production," 29 June 2019 But Canada has its flaws, too, said Gordon Speirs, a former Canadian dairy farmer who now milks about 2,000 cows in Brillion. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With their way of life in jeopardy, dairy farmers search for ways to stabilize markets," 27 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 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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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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