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

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 Sometimes the signs of dementia are as simple as someone putting a box of cereal in the freezer or pasteurized milk in a pantry. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities-based Remember Project uses plays to talk about dementia and memory loss," 15 Jan. 2021 In 2018, the Gates Foundation invested $40 million researching how to breed chickens that lay better quality eggs and cows that produce more milk in Asia and Africa. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Bill Gates becomes largest private farmland owner in US with 242,000 acres: Report," 15 Jan. 2021 When the cells are ready, they’re stimulated to produce personalized human milk for the infant that's sent back to the mother. Gear Team, Wired, "CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and Glimpses Into the Future," 14 Jan. 2021 Add the almond milk and whisk until the sauce is smooth and has thickened, about 4 minutes. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Alfredo Cauliflower Casserole," 30 Dec. 2020 This was welcome news for those already inclined to watch a contemplative movie about two men and a cow in the 1820s, in which one of the most dramatic scenes involves stealing milk. New York Times, "This Year Was a Disaster. We Hope the Sequel Is Better.," 30 Dec. 2020 Then add the milk in a slow, steady stream, stirring vigorously to incorporate. Christian Reynoso, SFChronicle.com, "This bright seafood souffle is a celebratory meal to raise spirits for New Year’s," 29 Dec. 2020 Leaves the gate open, the lights on, the stove burning, the milk out, takes stuff, breaks stuff? Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "A Look Back: Lessons Learned from 2020 — Part 1," 25 Dec. 2020 Leaves the gate open, the lights on, the stove burning, the milk out, takes stuff, breaks stuff? Marni Jameson | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "A look back at some lessons learned about better living in 2020," 21 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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. Rebecca Boone, Anchorage Daily News, "Decades ago, a murder shook this Idaho town. Now, a suspect has been arrested - but resolution seems unlikely.," 5 Dec. 2020 The sunrise crow of a rooster may wake guests in time to help milk the cows and bottle-feed the calves before the breakfast bell starts clanging. Paula Wolf, National Geographic, "Fixated on Pennsylvania? Consider an Amish farm stay," 10 Nov. 2020 Gurley just needed to stop short of the end zone and let Atlanta milk the clock before kicking what would have been an easy game-winning field goal. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "NFL Week 7 winners, losers: Seahawks squander opportunities in first loss," 26 Oct. 2020 Two plays later, freshman running back Tahj Brooks rumbled for 10 yards to net another first down and milk the clock down under the two-minute mark. Dallas News, "Henry Colombi leads Texas Tech to first Big 12 win in his first start for Red Raiders," 25 Oct. 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

24 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Milk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/milk. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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