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

AgriProtein’s fly larvae were originally pampered with blood from abattoirs mixed with bran, while the adults were fed milk powder, molasses and sugar. The Economist, "Beetles and flies are becoming part of the agricultural food chain," 5 July 2019 Pitching coach Brent Strom strolled to the mound to milk time. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros rally past Rockies in classic Coors slugfest," 3 July 2019 In recent months, Clover has had a difficult time getting Swedish oat milk brand Oatly and egg-free mayonnaise substitute Just Mayo. Allison Hagan, BostonGlobe.com, "This vegan ‘meat’ is impossibly popular," 3 July 2019 All come with their choice of a side dish and milk. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Deals: Free Fourth of July meals for kids, $1 cocktails for adults," 2 July 2019 These include cleanses, energy shots, an accelerator designed to rev metabolism and burn fat, and snacks of chewable wafers made from milk powder and ingredients like hemp, sunflower, and flax. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "What Is the Isagenix Cleanse—and Can It Help You Lose Weight?," 2 July 2019 And finally, try dropping giant plastic ice cubes — old milk jugs filled with water and frozen work great — into the water about ten minutes before getting in the water. Stacey Mckenna, azcentral, "Yes, you can still enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy during Arizona’s hottest months: Here’s how," 1 July 2019 Instead, Boles works his way to the second floor of the pagoda, watching the milk bath unfold from a distance. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Doug Boles' race is just beginning when the Indy 500 ends," 1 July 2019 International Smoke offers a three-course meal including Smoked Beef Bone ($9), Doggy Loco Moco of ground beef and rice ($11) and assorted treats such as a bowl of milk bones for dessert ($12). Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Can I have a doggie bag? These pet-friendly restaurants dish up canine cuisine," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Giveaway prizes on the order of Shetland ponies, Angora goats, milking cows and outhouses? Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "‘Friends’ is turning 25, and the Giants are recreating the magic," 27 June 2019 In The Seven Storey Mountain, Merton said that his writing was just doing the Lord’s work, like that of his brother monks milking cows or making cheese. Garry Wills, Harper's magazine, "Shallow Calls to Shallow," 10 Apr. 2019 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

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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