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

Just in 2018, Food Sunday spent $72,584 providing milk and eggs. Hermine Saunders, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Saunders: A tasty Love Boat ticket can help produce food, fun and hope for Carroll County," 7 Sep. 2019 This enabled milk and juice to be distributed safely and hygienically with a longer shelf life. Amie Tsang, New York Times, "Hans Rausing, Swedish Packaging Magnate, Is Dead at 93," 6 Sep. 2019 Breakfast means cauliflower, egg, sausage, and cheese casserole or grain-free granola with almond milk and strawberries. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "Mom Shares Photo of How the Keto Diet Transformed Her Body After Pregnancy," 5 Sep. 2019 Sweet home Arcadia Sweet 7 is now open for mango drinks, boba tea, coconut milk and red bean milk in the Westfield Santa Anita in Arcadia. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, "A roastery, coffee bar and restaurant all-in-one opens in the Arts District," 27 Aug. 2019 In a separate bowl, add eggs and milk and whisk to combine. Kristen Farmer Hall, al, "Learn to make brioche and shortbread from a local baker," 27 Aug. 2019 White Sands Smoothie 1 serving This frothy smoothie of milk and frozen banana blended with coconut, almonds and a sprinkle of nutmeg is based on a favorite from Joni’s in Montauk, Long Island. Ellie Krieger, The Denver Post, "Bring the beach vibes home with a frosty smoothie that tastes like a milkshake," 25 Aug. 2019 The goods sold under the new brand range from pastas and meat to milk and eggs. Fortune, "Target Kickstarts its Grocery Game With New House Brands," 19 Aug. 2019 Such comparisons not only oversimplify Native identity but also contradict the biblical narrative itself, which recounts bloody wars fought by the Israelites against groups who preceded them in the land of milk and honey. Rachel Poser, Harper's magazine, "Common Ground," 19 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The father of five then starts teaching Tyler the basics of milking a cow. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Watch Fixer Upper Star Chip Gaines Try to Milk a Cow Straight Into a YouTuber's Mouth," 13 Sep. 2019 Apple has been trying to offset the decline in smartphone sales by milking more money from services such as music subscriptions. CBS News, "Apple investors shrug off sputtering iPhone sales," 30 July 2019 With Minnesota leading 23-7 at Camp Randall Stadium, Fleck mentioned how the Gophers went on a 15-play drive that milked more than nine minutes off the clock at the start of the fourth quarter. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "P.J. Fleck: 2018 win over Badgers set tone for ‘decades of Gopher football’," 17 July 2019 Moored in a small harbor in Rotterdam’s busy port, the farm is a futuristic three-story floating structure where one robot milks the cows and another automatically scoops up the manure that gives the enterprise its familiar smell. Washington Post, "Dutch farm floats possibilities of urban dairy production," 30 June 2019 Moored in a small harbor in Rotterdam’s busy port, the farm is a futuristic three-story floating structure where one robot milks the cows and another automatically scoops up the manure that gives the enterprise its familiar smell. Mike Corder, BostonGlobe.com, "Dutch farm floats possibilities of urban dairy production," 29 June 2019 But Canada has its flaws, too, said Gordon Speirs, a former Canadian dairy farmer who now milks about 2,000 cows in Brillion. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With their way of life in jeopardy, dairy farmers search for ways to stabilize markets," 27 Apr. 2018 Out in the fields, a young mother milks a cow into a plastic mug that will be her 3-year-old son’s breakfast. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wild time on a Serengeti safari," 11 Sep. 2019 Across the path there were goats being milked, an important staple to the pioneers’ diets. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "19th century life showcased in Avon Lake’s Hike Into History," 16 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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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More Definitions for milk

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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