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 The results, not altogether surprisingly, were white as milk. Sarah Boxer, The Atlantic, "Whitewashing the Great Depression," 15 Nov. 2020 Panera started selling groceries like milk, and fresh produce, capitalizing on intense demand for household staples. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, "How Panera’s CEO Learned to Go Against the Grain," 14 Nov. 2020 The table may be laden with fresh eggs and milk; homemade sausage; fruit from the orchard; and just-out-of-the-oven bread, muffins, and cinnamon rolls. Paula Wolf, National Geographic, "Fixated on Pennsylvania? Consider an Amish farm stay," 10 Nov. 2020 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report, dairy farmers nationwide saw raw milk sales fall about 40% between February and June as the COVID-19 pandemic gained ground. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Washington state dairy workers entitled to overtime pay, 'deserve better,' high court rules," 9 Nov. 2020 The neat treat turns any mug of hot milk into a steaming mug of hot chocolate, complete with marshmallows, in a matter of seconds. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Hot chocolate bombs are exploding on TikTok. What are 2020's latest viral food trend?," 6 Nov. 2020 The espresso drinks pour nicely with crema on top, but the VertuoPlus does not have a steam wand for milk. Tony Vaz, Popular Science, "At-home espresso machines for when you’re sick of paying $6 for a latte," 6 Nov. 2020 Alternate between slowly adding the flour mixture and milk, beating well after each and whisking until no dry spots remain. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "7 De-Stressing Recipes You'll Need to Make It Through Election Week," 2 Nov. 2020 The Hydra terrorized the villages surrounding Lake Lerna by spewing not milk but poison from its many heads, but that was merely a pastime. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Covid Hydra Bites a Baltimore Museum," 30 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The sunrise crow of a rooster may wake guests in time to help milk the cows and bottle-feed the calves before the breakfast bell starts clanging. Paula Wolf, National Geographic, "Fixated on Pennsylvania? Consider an Amish farm stay," 10 Nov. 2020 Gurley just needed to stop short of the end zone and let Atlanta milk the clock before kicking what would have been an easy game-winning field goal. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "NFL Week 7 winners, losers: Seahawks squander opportunities in first loss," 26 Oct. 2020 Two plays later, freshman running back Tahj Brooks rumbled for 10 yards to net another first down and milk the clock down under the two-minute mark. Dallas News, "Henry Colombi leads Texas Tech to first Big 12 win in his first start for Red Raiders," 25 Oct. 2020 Their general strikes had rallied tens of thousands of workers, made headlines, and left dairy farmers scrambling to find lecheros to milk their cows. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "Can Latino Voters Tip Wisconsin in Biden’s Favor?," 14 Oct. 2020 All the show had to do to try to milk laughs out of Baldwin’s Trump, on the other hand, was recreate a version of reality. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "How the 'SNL' cold open took on the dueling town halls, but went way too easy on NBC," 18 Oct. 2020 Trying to milk the clock and facing third-and-9, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley called for a pass play over the middle instead of a clock-chewing run even though the Longhorns were out of time outs. Brian Davis, USA TODAY, "Sam Ehlinger heroics can't do enough to save No. 22 Texas from frustrating loss to Oklahoma," 11 Oct. 2020 Buick decided to milk the Encore’s success with the Encore GX (for Grand Crossover). Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Encore GX ST brings Buick manners to small SUVs," 19 Sep. 2020 The Little Free Pantry at Sterling Oaks keeps food, vegetables and sometimes even milk inside cardboard boxes and coolers perched atop a portable table on the sidewalk in front of a home on the Northwest Side. Carmina Danini, ExpressNews.com, "Little Free Pantry network grows to help those in need during coronavirus pandemic," 19 Sep. 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

19 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Milk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/milk. Accessed 26 Nov. 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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