mill·​wright | \ ˈmil-ˌrīt How to pronounce millwright (audio) \

Definition of millwright

1 : a person whose occupation is planning and building mills or setting up their machinery
2 : a person who maintains and cares for mechanical equipment (as of a mill or factory)

Examples of millwright in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her husband, a factory millwright, was deemed an essential worker and has had steady employment throughout the crisis, a huge help to the family budget. Author: Heather Long, Anchorage Daily News, "Virtual schooling has largely forced moms, not dads, to quit work - and it will hurt the economy for years," 9 Nov. 2020 To remove water from the site, a millwright constructed a large wheel, so that three or four men walking abreast could provide the power to move a chain of buckets that bailed out the pit using a trough leading to a low-lying area of the farm. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Story of Charles Willson Peale’s Massive Mastodon," 6 May 2020 One of those is Clayton Jackson, 59, a millwright who works overnights repairing machinery. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Peculiar steel beam marks last days at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant," 21 Feb. 2020 Prior to his retirement, Vin was employed as a millwright with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft., "Vincent J. Silvestro," 10 Dec. 2019 Joel worked 37 yrs. at Rogers Corporation as a millwright and machinist., "Joel I. Sweet," 13 Oct. 2019 Husband was a former millwright and past business agent for the Carpenters Union., "Standard Gravure remembered: Here are all the victims from the 1989 mass shooting," 12 Sep. 2019 Skilled craftsmen are even tougher to locate, especially millwrights, pipelayers, heavy equipment operators, truck drivers, concrete workers, carpenters and bricklayers. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s construction industry finds no relief from labor shortages," 28 Aug. 2019 Among positions harder to fill than a year ago were millwrights, carpenters, pipefitters and welders, laborers, truck drivers, pipelayers, iron workers, painters, concrete workers, heavy equipment operators and mechanics. William Thornton |, al, "Alabama contractors having trouble filling skilled positions," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of millwright

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Millwright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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