water mill


: a mill whose machinery is moved by water

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Before lunch at nearby Grotto Pozzasc, built on the site of an ancient water mill, families bathed and relaxed on the flat stones that dot the turquoise Peccia River. Sylvie Bigar, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2022 The storm was just above us, and the furious torrent rushed past the renovated water mill. Sylvie Bigar, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2022 Wet, below the snowline, smelling of vegetation With a running stream and a water mill beating the darkness. New York Times, 19 July 2022 Listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, the large site includes the 12th century abbey, water mill, palatial country house, Victorian church, huge Georgian water garden—and now a major tanning operation. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Oct. 2021 On the site of an important 19th-century water mill, in a somewhat insalubrious part of town, is a modest looking Mosque with a beautiful new artwork. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 What were the parts of a knee or an eye, of a tree, of a water mill? Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, 25 June 2021 The couple turned the water mill, which used to grind grain, into a 6,200-square-foot, four-bedroom mansion on nearly 7 lush acres, with a pool, custom greenhouse, a garden and a private forest. J. S. Marcus, WSJ, 30 May 2018 Networks of canals that the Dutch built to power water mills and irrigate farmland in the summer became frozen highways for thousands to travel by in winter. Laura Poppick, Smithsonian, 25 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of water mill was in the 14th century

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“Water mill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20mill. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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