milk

noun
\ ˈmilk How to pronounce milk (audio) \

Definition of milk

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 3)

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 3)

: giving milk specifically : bred or suitable primarily for milk production milk cows

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun First held in 1970 – when 1,500 hippies got free milk in exchange for their £1 entrance fee – the festival has developed into a national and international institution, as much a part of the traditional British summer as Wimbledon. Mark Sutherland, Variety, 24 June 2022 But a few days before the shoot, someone dropped out and Diaz suddenly found himself with a bigger role, driving around with Spears and pouring milk on himself. Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, 20 June 2022 Savannah, who just finished first grade, and Avery, who completed kindergarten, can now help out with the quintuplets by bringing someone to the bathroom, setting the table or grabbing milk for a younger sibling. Diane Herbst, PEOPLE.com, 17 June 2022 Stroller-friendly transportation, a space at work to pump milk, and available, high-quality child care all enable families to be more independent, not less. Kendra Hurley, The Atlantic, 15 June 2022 Australia offers oat milk, and salads are still on the menu in countries such as Italy and the Netherlands. Leslie Patton And Bloomberg, Fortune, 9 June 2022 According to the lawsuit and a police report that became part of the case record, the girl had been running after her sister because the sister, also a student, spilled milk on her. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, 26 May 2022 Milk banks can often provide additional milk for families. Ana Rocío Álvarez Bríñez, The Courier-Journal, 25 May 2022 Along with creative scoops like cereal milk Oreo, raspberry tres leches and pistachio baklava, guests can customize their orders with colorful cones in flavors like red velvet and matcha. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 10 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The kids would wake up in the morning, milk the cows, go to school, come back to help on their farm, and sometimes the neighboring ones. Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2022 The sequel joins a bevy of live-action attempts by HBO to milk the Game of Thrones cash cow for years to come. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 17 June 2022 Both Freedomworks and Musk now appear to have joined a growing segment of the American right looking to ESG as another convenient three-letter acronym to milk for political gain. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 23 May 2022 Pap and panada were common supplements or substitutes to milk in early modern Europe. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 22 May 2022 Prices for food purchased to eat at home rose 11.9%, the largest 12-month increase since 1979, with eggs up 32.2%, milk up 15.9% and poultry up 16.6%. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 16 June 2022 Bennett’s success through the air opened things up for Georgia’s run game in the second half, as the Bulldogs were able to largely milk the clock down the stretch. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 9 Oct. 2021 Belichick’s position maintained that when the game clock is in play, strategy on offense, defense and special teams reflect such – including, perhaps, a team’s attempt to milk the clock. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2022 Kwan and Scheinert aren’t afraid to milk her for screwball laughs, poking fun at her anxiety, her grumpiness and her creative bungling of the English language. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The beer was cold and good, the local sheep’s milk cheese pungent and delicious. Washington Post, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 1 May 2018 See More

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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
\ 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

milk

transitive verb

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

Milk geographical name

\ ˈmilk How to pronounce Milk (audio) \

Definition of Milk

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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