- The definition of a mill is a machine that grinds solid materials into smaller pieces.
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.
An example of to mill is to press apples into cider using a cider mill.
An old water driven mill.
mill definition by Webster's New World
- a building with machinery for grinding grain into flour or meal
- the machine for grinding grain
- a machine for grinding or pulverizing any solid material: a coffee mill
- a machine for grinding or crushing fruits or vegetables to press out the juice: a cider mill
- any of various machines for stamping, shaping, polishing, or dressing metal surfaces, coins, etc., or for making something by some action done again and again
- ☆ Informal an organization, establishment, etc. where things are done, produced, issued, etc. in a routine, rapid, mechanical way: a diploma mill, a divorce mill
- a building or group of buildings with machinery for manufacturing or processing something; factory: a textile mill
- a roller of hardened steel with a raised design on it, for making a die or printing plate by pressure
- milling cutter
- milling machine
- a raised edge, ridged surface, etc. made by milling
Origin: Middle English melle ; from Old English mylen, akin to Old High German mulin, Old Norse mylna, all ; from 4th-c. Germanic borrowing ; from Late Latin molinae, plural of molina, mill ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin molina, of a mill ; from Classical Latin mola, millstone ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mel-, to grind, crush from source meal, mild, German mahlen, Classical Greek mylē, mill, Classical Latin mollis, soft, molere, to grind
- to grind, work, process, form, polish, etc. by, in, or as in a mill
- to raise and ridge the edge of (a coin), as a safeguard against wear and clipping; knurl
- Now Rare to beat or whip (chocolate, etc.) to a froth
Origin: for Classical Latin millesimus, thousandth ; from mille, thousand: compare cent
- Mill, James 1773-1836; Scot. philosopher, historian, & economist
- Mill, John Stuart 1806-73; Eng. philosopher & economist: son of James
mill definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A building equipped with machinery for grinding grain into flour or meal.b. A device or mechanism that grinds grain.
- A machine or device that reduces a solid or coarse substance into pulp or minute grains by crushing, grinding, or pressing: a pepper mill.
- A machine that releases the juice of fruits and vegetables by pressing or grinding: a cider mill.
- a. A machine, such as one for stamping coins, that produces something by the repetition of a simple process.b. A steel roller bearing a raised design, used for making a die or a printing plate by pressure.c. Any of various machines for shaping, cutting, polishing, or dressing metal surfaces.
- a. A building or group of buildings equipped with machinery for processing raw materials into finished or industrial products: a textile mill; a steel mill.b. A building or collection of buildings that has machinery for manufacture; a factory.
- A process, agency, or institution that operates in a routine way or turns out products in the manner of a factory: The college was nothing more than a diploma mill.
- A slow or laborious process: It took three years to get the bill through the legislative mill.
- To grind, pulverize, or break down into smaller particles in a mill.
- To transform or process mechanically in a mill.
- To shape, polish, dress, or finish in a mill or with a milling tool.
- a. To produce a ridge around the edge of (a coin).b. To groove or flute the rim of (a coin or other metal object).
- To agitate or stir until foamy.
- Western U.S. To cause (cattle) to move in a circle or tightening spiral in order to stop a stampede.
- To move around in churning confusion: “A crowd of school children milled about on the curb looking scared” (Anne Tyler).
- Slang To fight with the fists; box.
- To undergo milling.
Origin: Middle English milne, mille, from Old English mylen, from Late Latin molīna, molīnum, from feminine and neuter of molīnus, of a mill, from Latin mola, millstone, 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.
, James 1773-1836.
, John Stuart 1806-1873.
mill - Business Definition
mill - Computer Definition
An ancient term for a numerical processing device.
mill - Phrases/Idioms
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