a factory for certain kinds of manufacture, as paper, steel, or textiles.
a building equipped with machinery for grinding grain into flour and other cereal products.
a machine for grinding, crushing, or pulverizing any solid substance:
a coffee mill.
any of various machines that modify the shape or size of a workpiece by rotating tools or the work:
any of various other apparatuses for shaping materials or performing other mechanical operations.
a business or institution that dispenses products or services in an impersonal or mechanical manner, as if produced in a factory:
a divorce mill; a diploma mill.
Machinery. a cutter on a .
a steel roller for receiving and transferring an impressed design, as to a calico-printing cylinder or a banknote-printing plate.
Mining. a place or set of machinery for crushing or concentrating ore.
Slang. a boxing match or fistfight.
verb (used with object)
to grind, work, treat, or shape in or with a mill.
to beat or stir, as to a froth:
to mill chocolate.
Slang. to beat or strike; fight; overcome.
verb (used without object)
to move around aimlessly, slowly, or confusedly, as a herd of cattle (often followed by about or around).
Slang. to fight or box.
through the mill, Informal. undergoing or having undergone severe difficulties, trials, etc., especially with an effect on one’s health, personality, or character:
He’s really been through the mill since his wife’s death.
a unit of monetary value equal to 0.001 of a U.S. dollar; one tenth of a cent: used at various times and places in the U.S. as a money of account, especially in certain tax rates.
James, 1773–1836, English philosopher, historian, and economist, born in Scotland.
his son, John Stuart, 1806–73, English philosopher and economist.
a building in which grain is crushed and ground to make flour
a factory, esp one which processes raw materials: a steel mill
any of various processing or manufacturing machines, esp one that grinds, presses, or rolls
any of various small hand mills used for grinding pepper, salt, or coffee for domestic purposes See also coffee mill, pepper mill
a hard roller for impressing a design, esp in a textile-printing machine or in a machine for printing banknotes
a system, institution, etc, that influences people or things in the manner of a factory: going through the educational mill
an unpleasant experience; ordeal (esp in the phrases go or be put through the mill)
a fist fight
run of the mill, ordinary or routine
(transitive) to grind, press, or pulverize in or as if in a mill
(transitive) to process or produce in or with a mill
to cut or roll (metal) with or as if with a milling machine
(transitive) to groove or flute the edge of (a coin)
(intransitive; often foll by about or around) to move about in a confused manner
(usually transitive) (rare) to beat (chocolate, etc)
(archaic, slang) to fight, esp with the fists
a US and Canadian monetary unit used in calculations, esp for property taxes, equal to one thousandth of a dollar
James. 1773–1836, Scottish philosopher, historian, and economist. He expounded Bentham’s utilitarian philosophy in Elements of Political Economy (1821) and Analysis of the Phenomena of the Human Mind (1829) and also wrote a History of British India (1817–18)
his son, John Stuart. 1806–73, English philosopher and economist. He modified Bentham’s utilitarian philosophy in Utilitarianism (1861) and in his treatise On Liberty (1859) he defended the rights and freedom of the individual. Other works include A System of Logic (1843) and Principles of Political Economy (1848)
“building fitted to grind grain,” Old English mylen “a mill” (10c.), an early Germanic borrowing from Late Latin molina, molinum “mill” (source of French moulin, Spanish molino), originally fem. and neuter of molinus “pertaining to a mill,” from Latin mola “mill, millstone,” related to molere “to grind,” from PIE *mele-, *mel- “to crush, grind,” with derivatives referring to ground material and tools for grinding (cf. Greek myle “mill;” see mallet).
Also from Late Latin molina, directly or indirectly, are German Mühle, Old Saxon mulin, Old Norse mylna, Danish mølle, Old Church Slavonic mulinu. Broader sense of “grinding machine” is attested from 1550s. Other types of manufacturing machines driven by wind or water, whether for grinding or not, began to be called mills by early 15c. Sense of “building fitted with industrial machinery” is from c.1500.
“one-tenth cent,” 1786, an original U.S. currency unit but now used only for tax calculation purposes, shortening of Latin millesimum “one-thousandth,” from mille “a thousand” (see million). Formed on the analogy of cent, which is short for Latin centesimus “one hundredth” (of a dollar).
“to grind,” 1550s, from mill (n.1). Related: milled; milling.
“to keep moving round and round in a mass,” 1874 (implied in milling), originally of cattle, from mill (n.1) on resemblance to the action of a mill wheel. Related: Milled.
A million dollars: That’ll cost the government a cool six mill (1955+)
gin mill, go through the mill, grog-mill, rumor mill, run-of-the-mill, through the mill
Arithmetic and Logic Unit
for grinding corn, mentioned as used in the time of Abraham (Gen. 18:6). That used by the Hebrews consisted of two circular stones, each 2 feet in diameter and half a foot thick, the lower of which was called the “nether millstone” (Job 41:24) and the upper the “rider.” The upper stone was turned round by a stick fixed in it as a handle. There were then no public mills, and thus each family required to be provided with a hand-mill. The corn was ground daily, generally by the women of the house (Isa. 47:1, 2; Matt. 24:41). It was with the upper stone of a hand-mill that “a certain woman” at Thebez broke Abimelech’s skull (Judg. 9:53, “a piece of a millstone;” literally, “a millstone rider”, i.e., the “runner,” the stone which revolves. Comp. 2 Sam. 11:21). Millstones could not be pledged (Deut. 24:6), as they were necessary in every family.
noun, Astronomy. 1. the spiral galaxy containing our solar system. With the naked eye it is observed as a faint luminous band stretching across the heavens, composed of approximately a trillion stars, most of which are too distant to be seen individually. noun the Milky Way 1. the diffuse band of light stretching across the […]
[mil-uh-buh l] /ˈmɪl ə bəl/ adjective 1. capable of being : millable wheat.
[mil-ij] /ˈmɪl ɪdʒ/ noun 1. the tax rate, as for property, assessed in mills per dollar. n. 1871, from mill (n.2) + -age.
[mi-ley] /mɪˈleɪ/ noun 1. Sir John Everett, 1829–96, English painter. /ˈmɪleɪ/ noun 1. Sir John Everett. 1829–96, English painter, who was a founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. His works include The Order of Release (1853) and The Blind Girl (1856)