Mill definition

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A machine or device that reduces a solid or coarse substance into pulp or minute grains by crushing, grinding, or pressing.

A pepper mill.

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A difficult or laborious series of experiences.

Went through the mill trying to get approval to build an addition onto the house.

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A building equipped with machinery for grinding grain into flour or meal.
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To grind, pulverize, or break down into smaller particles in a mill.

Mill grain.

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To move slowly in a circle, as cattle, or aimlessly, as a confused crowd.
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A building or group of buildings equipped with machinery for processing raw materials into finished or industrial products.

A textile mill; a steel mill.

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A device or mechanism that grinds grain.
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A building or farm equipped with machinery that presses or grinds fruit to extract the juice.

A cider mill.

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A device or machine used to extract juice from fruit.
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A machine, such as one for stamping coins, that produces something by the repetition of a simple process.
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A steel roller bearing a raised design, used for making a die or a printing plate by pressure.
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Any of various machines for shaping, cutting, polishing, or dressing metal surfaces.
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A process, agency, or institution that operates in a mechanical way or turns out products in the manner of a factory.

The college was nothing more than a diploma mill.

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A business that breeds and sells animals, such as purebred puppies, often in substandard conditions. Often used in combination.

A puppy mill.

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To produce or process mechanically in a mill.

Mill steel.

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To cut, shape, or finish in a mill or with a milling tool.

Logs that are milled for lumber.

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(western us) To cause (cattle) to move in a circle or tightening spiral in order to stop a stampede.
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To produce a ridge around the edge of (a coin).
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To groove or flute the rim of (a coin or other metal object).
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To move around in churning confusion.
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(slang) To fight with the fists; box.
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To undergo milling.

Grain that mills well.

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A unit of currency equal to11000 of a US dollar or110 of a cent.
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A building or group of buildings with machinery for manufacturing or processing something; factory.

A textile mill.

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A roller of hardened steel with a raised design on it, for making a die or a printing plate by pressure.
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A raised edge, ridged surface, etc. made by milling.
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A building with machinery for grinding grain into flour or meal.
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The machine for grinding grain.
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A machine for grinding or pulverizing any solid material.

A countertop coffee mill.

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A machine for grinding or crushing fruits or vegetables to press out the juice.

A cider mill.

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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.
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(informal) An organization, establishment, etc. where things are processed, produced, issued, etc. in a routine, rapid, mechanical way.

A diploma mill, a divorce mill.

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To grind, work, process, form, polish, etc. by, in, or as in a mill.
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To raise and ridge the edge of (a coin), as a safeguard against wear and clipping; knurl.
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(now rare) To beat or whip (chocolate, etc.) to a froth.
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One tenth of a cent: $.001: a monetary unit used in calculating but not as a coin.
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(person) 1806-73; Eng. philosopher & economist: son of James.
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An ancient term for a numerical processing device.
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A grinding apparatus for substances such as grains, seeds, etc.

Pepper has a stronger flavor when it is ground straight from a mill.

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The building housing such a grinding apparatus.

My grandfather worked in a mill.

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A machine used for expelling the juice, sap, etc., from vegetable tissues by pressure, or by pressure in combination with a grinding, or cutting process.

A cider mill; a cane mill.

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A machine for grinding and polishing.

A lapidary mill.

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A manufacturing plant for paper, steel, textiles, etc.

A steel mill.

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A building housing such a plant.
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An establishment that handles a certain type of situation routinely, such as a divorce mill, etc.
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(informal) An engine.
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(informal) A boxing match, fistfight.

1914, Edgar Rice Burrows, The Mucker, edition HTML, The Gutenberg Project, published 2009:The name of the "white hope" against whom Billy was to go was sufficient to draw a fair house, and there were some there who had seen Billy in other fights and looked for a good mill.

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(die sinking) A hardened steel roller with a design in relief, used for imprinting a reversed copy of the design in a softer metal, such as copper.
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(mining) An excavation in rock, transverse to the workings, from which material for filling is obtained.
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(mining) A passage underground through which ore is shot.
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A milling cutter.
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One thousandth part, particularly in millage rates of property tax.
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To grind or otherwise process in a mill or other machine.

To mill flour.

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To shape, polish, dress or finish using a machine.
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To engrave one or more grooves or a pattern around the edge of (a cylindrical object such as a coin).
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(intransitive) (followed by around, about, etc.) To move about in an aimless fashion.

I didn't have much to do, so I just milled around the town looking at the shops.

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(zoology, of air-breathing creatures) To swim underwater.
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(slang) To beat; to pound.

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To pass through a fulling mill; to full, as cloth.
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To roll (steel, etc.) into bars.
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To make (drinking chocolate) frothy, as by churning.
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John Stuart Mill.
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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.

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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.

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(person) 1773-1836; Scot. philosopher, historian, & economist.
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in the mill
  • in preparation
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through the mill
  • through a hard, painful, instructive experience, training, test, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mill
Plural:
mills

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in the mill

Origin of mill

  • 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 melə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Short for Latin mīllēsimus thousandth mil1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English mille, Old English mylen.

    From Wiktionary

  • Ultimately from Latin millesimum.

    From Wiktionary

  • From the noun mill

    From Wiktionary