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

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

Larger dairies produce more milk at a greater scale. Jesse Newman And Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, "Farms, More Productive Than Ever, Are Poisoning Drinking Water in Rural America," 18 Jan. 2019 Big data and cows Robotic milkers can harvest milk without human involvement. Smithsonian, "This Connecticut Farm Is Milking Cows for Data," 11 July 2018 Frozen Gold New Smyrna Beach, Florida Look, hipster places that source milk from cows that only listen to the National and other underground bands have their place. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "The Best Ice Cream in the U.S.," 5 July 2018 More than just cute pets, these critters provide milk for in-house cheese-making. Lindsay Cohn, USA TODAY, "Agriturismo, American style: 8 farm and food experiences in the USA," 15 June 2018 There was a paper on lactose tolerance in Europeans and that turned into this weird viral YouTube trend where white nationalists were chugging bottles of milk, presumably to flaunt their European heritage. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "‘It’s a toxic place.’ How the online world of white nationalists distorts population genetics," 22 May 2018 Clotted cream, sometimes called Devonshire cream, is full cow's milk that's heated and cooled so the cream rises to the top and clots. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Recipe: Royal wedding scones ready in less than an hour," 18 May 2018 Muesli is just raw oats, sometimes with nuts or dried fruit or seeds, always topped with something wet like milk or yogurt. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Eat Oatmeal Every Day Without Getting Sick of It," 4 Jan. 2019 All the door heights were raised to the same level, mantels were stripped of excess molding, and the wide plank floors were painted the color of fresh milk. Kathleen Renda, House Beautiful, "How Liliane Hart Brought Hygge To The Hamptons," 13 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The shoot went unexpectedly (really? seemed like a sure thing to us!) viral with more than 70,000 shares to date, so the two friends decided to milk all the cuteness for a good cause. Saryn Chorney, PEOPLE.com, "Woman's Gender Reveal Trick Photo Shoot Surprises with Something Even Sweeter: New Puppy Pictures!," 24 May 2018 As a child, Nunes milked cows and won a Future Farmers of America junior grand champion title with a Holstein named Gem. Jason Zengerle, New York Times, "How Devin Nunes Turned the House Intelligence Committee Inside Out," 24 Apr. 2018 His slower tempo makes a huge difference, allowing the singer to milk the story for all its melancholy emotion. WSJ, "He Sang One for the Ages," 2 Nov. 2018 With the potential advantages of Daylight Saving Time eroded, critics have argued that changing time twice a year hurts worker productivity and confuses farm animals like cows, who are accustomed to be milked at a certain time. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "EU Commission President supports ending seasonal time changes," 31 Aug. 2018 That and the backbreaking, unceasing nature of farm work — the rituals of the rural year from planting seeds to milking cows and harvesting wheat. Kenneth Turan, latimes.com, "Intimate epic 'The Guardians' distills how war changes everything for a French family," 10 May 2018 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

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 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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