milk

noun
\ˈmilk \

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 \

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

Finish your meal by building your own ice cream sundae or finding your favorite dipping combinations with the milk and white chocolate fountains. Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "11 Chicago restaurants offering great brunch buffets," 13 July 2018 Upton suggests going for a grande iced coffee with nonfat milk. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "Starbucks Just Released a Dairy-Free Drink—But That Doesn’t Mean It’s Healthy," 10 July 2018 Answer: Iced Americano with almond milk and cinnamon. Susannah Hutcheson, USA TODAY, "Chic Media founder Rachel Hollis: How I became a motivational powerhouse for women," 3 July 2018 In black and white, Avendano is smiling, washing pepper spray from his eyes with milk. Thomas Fox Parry, The Atlantic, "The Death of a Gig Worker," 1 June 2018 Add dry ingredients in three additions, alternating with milk in two additions, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Lemon and Raspberry Wedding Cake with Vanilla Buttercream," 21 May 2018 Hoffman’s Chocolates: Get a free Classic Assortment quarter-pound box, with milk and dark chocolates, valued at $6.95 with purchase of another at Broward and Palm Beach county locations through May 8. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Freebies for National Teacher Appreciation Day on May 8," 4 May 2018 Or, make hot chocolate with milk and Ovaltine, which is fortified with vitamins and minerals. Martina Schimitschek, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Food challenge: Find what's good for them, and tastes good to them," 25 Apr. 2018 For dessert, make instant chocolate pudding with 1 percent milk. Susan Nicholson, ajc, "Seven Day Menu Planner," 24 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

It’s hard to blame Maccagnan, or anyone in that room, for milking the moment. Albert Breer, SI.com, "The Jets’ Long Road to Sam Darnold," 16 May 2018 Instead of milking his fleeting fame, the 36-year-old Foster went back to his day job as an accountant at Golub Capital and hadn’t been heard from until Wednesday night, when he was called onto the stage at the NHL awards show in Las Vegas. Joe Knowles, chicagotribune.com, "Accountant-turned-Blackhawks emergency goalie Scott Foster returns at NHL awards show," 21 June 2018 With his high, declamatory voice and his way of milking words for their sonic potential as well as their meaning, Mr. Nuriddin (pronounced noo-ruh-DEEN) stood out. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, ‘Grandfather of Rap,’ Is Dead at 73," 13 June 2018 Theresa still enjoys going to the Montgomery County Fair, but only to look at the cows, not lead them around a ring or milk them. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Remembering a time when Montgomery County was dairy — very dairy, indeed," 10 July 2018 Up three with less than a minute to play, Durant milked the shot clock down under five. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Kevin Durant's Déjà Vu Dagger Caps the Best Game of His Life," 7 June 2018 Adults and kids of all ages can take part in an array of activities, from milking cows and bottle-feeding calves to fly fishing and hiking. Lindsay Cohn, USA TODAY, "Agriturismo, American style: 8 farm and food experiences in the USA," 15 June 2018 Kim has milked this coming-out party for maximum impact back home, where Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North Korean Workers’ Party, devoted its entire front page to adoring coverage of Kim’s day on the global stage. Noah Bierman, latimes.com, "A reporter's chance to shout questions at a dictator and witness history," 12 June 2018 Lyft’s biggest competitor was Uber, a bigger company that had preceded it in the business of shaking up the taxi cartels that milked monopoly status in most municipalities. Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, "Fly On, My Sleek Electric Bird," 30 May 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 \

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 \

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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