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 Eat it plain or topped with almond milk or a little Greek yogurt to curb those cravings. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "15 delicious keto-friendly snacks from Amazon," 7 July 2020 Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Plum Upside-Down Cake," 6 July 2020 How about a grocery store advertisement, displaying the price of milk, etc. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood time capsule waits to be opened in 56 years," 3 July 2020 In a medium bowl, beat together milk, ricotta cheese, egg, vanilla and lemon zest. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Top pancakes with strawberry and rhubarb sauce loaded with vitamin C," 26 June 2020 The moisturizer is made from a blend of vegan milks, particularly the ‘desert milk,’ derived from plants that thrive in arid environments. Essence, "5 Former ESSENCE Beauty Editors Share Their Current Must-Haves," 19 June 2020 Moreover, the Greeks described the warlike Amazons nourishing their babies with mares’ milk. National Geographic, "The fierce Amazons were more than just a myth—they were real," 18 June 2020 Plain yogurt fared better (B+), with kefir, milk fermented with bacteria and yeast, the runaway winner (A+). Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "The proof is in the pancakes: Adding lemon juice or vinegar to milk is a bad buttermilk substitute," 15 June 2020 At the base of the mural, among cardboard signs, stood jugs of milk, which is used to alleviate the effects of tear gas. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "The Heart of the Uprising in Minneapolis," 15 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As part of their contracts, the families were housed and given mutton to eat and cows to milk. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "How Prosperity Transformed the Falklands," 29 June 2020 Guests can get up close with sheep, pigs, cows, alpacas and horses, milk a cow, learn how cheese is made, watch border collies at work and more. cleveland, "15 things to do in Cleveland this weekend, June 19-21," 18 June 2020 Others might be shackled by lingering bugs and performance issues and a few are even sullied by relying too heavily on microtransactions that milk you for extra money to make the game more playable and more enjoyable. Whitson Gordon, NBC News, "Why I usually don't buy brand new video games — and the ones I did," 11 June 2020 Coach Larry Brown went to his pressure scheme, led by Hunter, as the Pistons hounded the ball in the backcourt and mixed in double-teams to milk precious seconds off Pacers’ possessions. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "How the Detroit Pistons won one of the craziest games in NBA playoff history: Rewind," 1 June 2020 The Liberty spent the past two seasons playing at the Westchester County Center, averaging 2,239 fans per game last year and feeling about as glamorous as a cow-milking crew at dawn. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Sabrina Ionescu and the WNBA: Looks like a perfect fit," 6 Mar. 2020 This cover of the Beatles song was turned inside out and milked to an explosion of emotion. Mike Oliver | Moliver@al.com, al, "My Vinyl Countdown finds the Top 3 vocal performances in rock," 11 Mar. 2020 Hollywood still milks that outlaw image in blockbusters like Vin Diesel’s XXX series and the Robin Hood thieves of Point Break remakes—free-solo climbing, big-wave surfing, wingsuit flying, international bank robbery. Daniel Duane, Outside Online, "Why Surfers and Climbers Break Social Distancing Rules," 12 Apr. 2020 Even the murderer herself, Dorothea Puente, milked her crimes for further attention and money, publishing a cookbook from prison titled Cooking With a Serial Killer. Jeva Lange, TheWeek, "Murder House Flip is the true crime renovation show America deserves," 7 Apr. 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

Time Traveler

The first known use of milk was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

10 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Milk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/milk. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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