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mill

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noun \ ˈmil \

Definition of mill

1 :a building provided with machinery for grinding grain into flour
2 a :a machine or apparatus (such as a quern) for grinding grain
b :a machine for crushing or comminuting
3 :a machine that manufactures by the continuous repetition of some simple action
4 :a building or collection of buildings with machinery for manufacturing
5 a :a machine formerly used for stamping coins
b :a machine for expelling juice from vegetable tissues by pressure or grinding
7 a :a slow, laborious, or mechanical process or routine
b :one that produces or processes people or things mechanically or in large numbers
  • a diploma mill
  • a rumor mill
8 :a difficult and often educational experience used in the phrase through the mill
9 :the engine of an automobile or boat

Origin and Etymology of mill

Middle English mille, from Old English mylen, from Late Latin molina, molinum, from feminine and neuter of molinus of a mill, of a millstone, from Latin mola mill, millstone; akin to Latin molere to grind — more at meal

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


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mill

verb

Definition of mill

transitive verb
1 :to subject to an operation or process in a mill: such as
a :to grind into flour, meal, or powder
b :to shape or dress by means of a rotary cutter
c :to mix and condition (something, such as rubber) by passing between rotating rolls
2 :to give a raised rim or a ridged or corrugated edge to (a coin)
3 :to cut grooves in the metal surface of (something, such as a knob)
intransitive verb
1 :to hit out with the fists
2 :to move in a circle or in an eddying mass; also :wander
3 :to undergo milling

Examples of mill in a Sentence

  1. The crowd was milling outside the exit.

  2. a demonstration of how dried kernels of corn were milled in colonial times

First Known Use of mill

1511


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mill

noun

Definition of mill

:a money of account equal to ¹/₁₀ cent

Origin and Etymology of mill

Latin mille thousand


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mill

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Variant spelling of

slang
:a million dollars

Mill

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biographical name \ ˈmil \

Definition of Mill

James 1773–1836 Scottish philosopher, historian, and economist

Mill

biographical name

Definition of Mill

John Stuart 1806–1873 son of James Mill English philosopher and economist


MILL Defined for English Language Learners

mill

verb

Definition of mill for English Language Learners

  • : to produce (something) in a mill especially by grinding, crushing, or cutting it

  • of a group of people : to walk around in a general area without any particular aim or purpose


MILL Defined for Kids

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mill

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noun \ ˈmil \

Definition of mill for Students

1 :a building with machinery for grinding grain into flour
2 :a machine or device that prepares a material for use by grinding or crushing
  • a pepper mill
3 :a factory using machines to make a product from raw material
  • a steel mill

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mill

verb

Definition of mill for Students

milled; milling
1 :to subject to processing in a mill
  • Grain is milled into flour.
  • The logs are milled into lumber.
2 :to move about in a circle or in disorder
  • … while everybody was milling around in the street, the applesauce cake burned up.
  • —Barbara Robinson, Best Christmas Pageant

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mill

noun

Definition of mill for Students

:one tenth of a cent


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