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 Then the syrup gets mixed with milk and rum, though the alcohol can be easily left out. Washington Post, "Turmeric brings sunny color and earthy flavor to these 9 sweet and savory recipes," 27 Feb. 2021 On Monday the fridge was filled with vegetables, cheese, milk and apples. San Diego Union-Tribune, "City Heights residents fight food insecurity with community fridge," 25 Feb. 2021 Grocery store employees can bring everything from milk and carrots to soap and toilet paper to a car for curbside pickup. The Salt Lake Tribune, "You would be able to order beer or liquor online — if this bill passes," 22 Feb. 2021 While water is best, experts say other liquids, such as herbal tea, milk and rehydration drinks like Pedialyte also hydrate. Sheryl Jean, Dallas News, "As we age, the need for water rises," 22 Feb. 2021 People lined up for hours outside supermarkets for bottled water, milk and juice. New York Times, "‘Like We’re Being Cursed’: First Covid and Now Waterlogged Homes," 22 Feb. 2021 But Bohnen, who is still relatively new to the industry, is excited to dive in to the whirlwind of molding intricately decorated truffles, and enrobing caramel and ganache in dark, milk and white chocolate continuously flowing from faucets. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "Old and new, Twin Cities chocolate shops speak the language of love," 5 Feb. 2021 To his surprise, the DoorDash drivers showed up carrying sushi, ramen, burgers, tandoori chicken, milk and, of course, cookies. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Here Are All the 2021 Super Bowl Ads Featuring Musicians," 4 Feb. 2021 That same year, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul objected to a U.S. domestic drone policy, fueled by milk and candy. CBS News, "The history of the filibuster — and how it's been used over the years," 30 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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 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 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 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 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

1 Mar 2021

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“Milk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/milk. Accessed 1 Mar. 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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