I. noun Etymology: Middle English mille, from Old English mylen, from Late Latin molina, molinum, from feminine and neuter of molinus of a mill, of a millstone, from Latin mola mill, millstone; akin to Latin molere to grind — more at meal Date: before 12th century 1. a building provided with machinery for grinding grain into flour 2. a. a machine or apparatus (as a quern) for grinding grain b. a machine for crushing or comminuting 3. a machine that manufactures by the continuous repetition of some simple action 4. a building or collection of buildings with machinery for manufacturing 5. a. a machine formerly used for stamping coins b. a machine for expelling juice from vegetable tissues by pressure or grinding 6. milling machine, milling cutter 7. a. a slow, laborious, or mechanical process or routine b. one that produces or processes people or things mechanically or in large numbers <
a diploma mill
a rumor mill
8. a difficult and often educational experience — used in the phrase through the mill 9. the engine of an automobile or boat II. verb Date: 1511 transitive verb 1. to subject to an operation or process in a mill: as a. to grind into flour, meal, or powder b. to shape or dress by means of a rotary cutter c. to mix and condition (as rubber) by passing between rotating rolls 2. to give a raised rim or a ridged or corrugated edge to (a coin) 3. to cut grooves in the metal surface of (as a knob) intransitive verb 1. to hit out with the fists 2. to move in a circle or in an eddying mass; also wander 3. to undergo milling III. noun Etymology: Latin mille thousand Date: 1786 a money of account equal to 1/10 cent IV. variant of mil II

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Mill — Mill, n. [OE. mille, melle, mulle, milne, AS. myln, mylen; akin to D. molen, G. m[ u]hle, OHG. mul[=i], mul[=i]n, Icel. mylna; all prob. from L. molina, fr. mola millstone; prop., that which grinds, akin to molere to grind, Goth. malan, G. mahlen …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mill — bezeichnet: eine Band aus Koblenz, siehe Mill (Band) eine symbolische Einheit in der Elektronik bzw im Leiterplattendesign: 1 Mill entspricht einem tausendstel Inch; 1mm sind also circa 40 Mill. eine Untereinheit des US Dollars, siehe Mill… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Mill — may refer to: Mill (grinding), an equipment for the grinding or pulverizing of grain and other raw materials using millstones Milling machine, metalworking machine that operates by rotating a cutting bit while the workpiece is moved against the… …   Wikipedia

  • mill — mill1 [mil] n. [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 > MEAL2, MILD,… …   English World dictionary

  • mill — mill·able; mill; mill·age; mill·er; mill·man; mini·mill; ar·mill; …   English syllables

  • Mill — (m[i^]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Milled} (m[i^]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Milling}.] [See {Mill}, n., and cf. {Muller}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To reduce to fine particles, or to small pieces, in a mill; to grind; to comminute. [1913 Webster] 2. To shape,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mill — Mill, James Mill, John Stuart * * * (as used in expressions) block mill, sistema Mill, James Mill, John Stuart Mill, métodos de …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • mill — ► NOUN 1) a building equipped with machinery for grinding grain into flour. 2) a device or piece of machinery for grinding grain or other solid substances. 3) a building fitted with machinery for a manufacturing process. ► VERB 1) grind in a mill …   English terms dictionary

  • mill — One tenth of one cent: $0.001. A mill rate is used by many localities to compute property taxes. For example, some states levy a one time nonrecurring tax of two mills per dollar (0.2%) on the fair market value of all notes, bonds, and other… …   Law dictionary

  • Mill — Mill, v. i. (Zo[ o]l.) To swim under water; said of air breathing creatures. [1913 Webster] 2. To undergo hulling, as maize. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 3. To move in a circle, as cattle upon a plain; to move around aimlessly; usually used with around …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mill — Mill, v. t. 1. (Mining) To fill (a winze or interior incline) with broken ore, to be drawn out at the bottom. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. To cause to mill, or circle round, as cattle. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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