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

In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, Parmesan, quarter-cup Gruyère, 2 tablespoons of the mixed herbs, the butter, salt and eggs. Ben Mims, latimes.com, "The Saturday Cook: Cherry tomatoes star in a savory custard for a post-farmers market brunch," 15 June 2019 The milk is sour, and someone (no one’s perfect, not even Eli!) put an empty Cheerios box in the refrigerator. David Canfield, EW.com, "Exclusive: The author of A Simple Favor is back with another juicy thriller," 5 June 2019 Combine the 1 cup milk, yeast, and the 1 teaspoon sugar in a small bowl and let stand until bubbly. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "The Best Hot Cross Buns Recipe to Make This Easter," 7 Mar. 2019 One stirs the flour, one puts the milk and butter in. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Is Teaching Prince George and Princess Charlotte How to Cook," 10 Feb. 2019 From 1873 through 1880, the milk-for-blood trend swept through the U.S. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Different Blood Types Mean (And How To Find Out Yours)," 28 Dec. 2018 Nutrition analysis used Greek plain whole milk yogurt. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Main dishes? Fruit is not forbidden," 26 June 2018 The food arrived on heaping platters: charcuterie; pickled vegetables; a big dollop of Laychee, Pennyroyal’s signature goat cheese; a slab of Boont Corners Vintage Tomme, a tangy, salty goat-and-sheep-milk cheese. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018 One of its most popular menu items is the Lavender Latte, which has lavender syrup, two shots of espresso and whole milk for $4.25. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "South Milwaukee's Avenue Coffeehouse blends California vibes with Milwaukee brew," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Later, farm employees will demonstrate how to milk a goat and guide it through an obstacle course. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Know, "Want to pet a goat? Head to a Colorado library near you (on these dates).," 19 June 2019 The cows' orange transmitters beam data over the hills of Watson's pastures to a set of antennae near the milking parlor. Drew Harwell, chicagotribune.com, "'Cow Fitbits' and artificial intelligence are coming to the dairy farm, but some farmers aren't impressed," 5 Apr. 2018 The farm, where more than 15,000 cows are milked daily, has long been a popular school trip for kids from Indiana and neighboring states. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Animal welfare group documents calf abuse at iconic Fair Oaks Farms, sparking investigation," 5 June 2019 The garden of sculptures has everything from a woman milking a cow and a team of Clydesdales being driven by a dog to Paul Bunyan and Abraham Lincoln. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's highest point - Timm's Hill - is a quiet escape away from everything," 5 July 2018 There is not a strategy beyond milking those papers. Bob Fernandez, Philly.com, "Philly's Digital First papers face relentless cuts, potential 'lights-out scenario'," 15 May 2018 Rossi ate three cooked scorpions and a bullfrog in one challenge, and Daly milked a camel. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "‘Amazing Race’ finale: What you need to know," 21 Feb. 2018 Milk prices are lower than production costs for many farmers, said Jim Briggs, who milks 60 Jersey cows in Wisconsin. WSJ, "Farmers Say Aid Won’t Cover Tariff Damage," 27 Sep. 2018 Mike Zahrndt, who milks around 40 cows in Hodgenville, attended the meeting with Scioto on Wednesday. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "As Dean Milk contract ends, some farmers pick up a last-minute hope," 29 June 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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