An example of a windmill is a wind turbine on top of a hill that captures and generates electricity.
The axle broke and the wheel windmilled in place briefly before careening through the wall.
- To confront and engage in conflict with an imagined opponent or threat.
- to fight imaginary evils or opponents
Origin of windmill
- From Middle English windmille, windmelle, windmulle, windmilne, wyndemylne, from Old English *windmylen, equivalent to wind +"Ž mill. Cognate with Scots wyndmyln, wyndmyl (“windmill"), Saterland Frisian Wiendmäälne (“windmill"), West Frisian wynmûne (“windmill"), Dutch windmolen (“windmill"), Dutch Low Saxon windmölle (Achterhooks), wiendmeule (“windmill") (Drents, Veluws), German Windmühle (“windmill"), Danish vindmølle (“windmill"), Swedish vindmölla (“windmill"), Icelandic vindmylla (“windmill").