The definition of a mill is a machine that grinds solid materials into smaller pieces.(noun)
An example of a mill is a place where flour is made by grinding grain.
Mill is defined as to grind or press into smaller parts or to cut around the edges.(verb)
An example of to mill is to press apples into cider using a cider mill.
See mill in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME melle < OE mylen, akin to OHG mulin, ON mylna, all < 4th-c. Gmc borrowing < LL molinae, pl. of molina, mill < LL(Ec) molina, of a mill < L mola, millstone < IE base *mel-, to grind, crush > meal, mild, Ger mahlen, Gr mylē, mill, L mollis, soft, molere, to grind
Origin: for L millesimus, thousandth < mille, thousand: cf. cent
See mill in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English milne, mille
Origin: , from Old English mylen
Origin: , from Late Latin molīna, molīnum
Origin: , from
Origin: feminine and neuter of molīnus, of a mill
Origin: , from Latin mola, millstone
Origin: , from molere, to grind; see melə- in Indo-European roots. Regional Note: To mill, in Western U.S. English, means “to run cattle in a circle, sometimes deliberately in order to halt a stampede.” In the Oxford English Dictionary we find this 19th-century example of the verb: “At last the cattle ran with less energy, and it was presently easy to ‘mill’ them into a circle and to turn them where it seemed most desirable” (Munsey's Magazine). This usage of mill comes from the resemblance of the cattle's circular motion to the action of millstones. A related intransitive sense of the verb is better known in Standard English, as shown in the Oxford English Dictionary citation of an 1888 quotation from Theodore Roosevelt: “The cattle may begin to run, and then get ‘milling’-that is, all crowd together into a mass like a ball, wherein they move round and round.” Originally this sense of mill also meant “circular motion”; now it means “to move around in churning confusion” with no pattern in particular.
noun Abbr. M. or mi.
Origin: Short for Latin mīllēsimus, thousandth; see mil1.
, John Stuart 1806-1873.
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