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Pronunciation Noun

mill (plural mills)

  1. A grinding apparatus for substances such as grains, seeds, etc.
    Pepper has a stronger flavor when it is ground straight from a mill.
  2. The building housing such a grinding apparatus.
    My grandfather worked in a mill.
  3. 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
  4. A machine for grinding and polishing.
    a lapidary mill
  5. The raised or ridged edge or surface made in milling anything, such as a coin or screw.
  6. A manufacturing plant for paper, steel, textiles, etc.
    a steel mill
  7. A building housing such a plant.
  8. (figurative) An establishment that handles a certain type of situation or procedure routinely, or produces large quantities of an item without much regard to quality, such as a divorce mill, a puppy mill, etc.
  9. (figurative, derogatory) An institution awarding educational certificates not officially recognised
  10. (informal) An engine.
  11. (informal) A boxing match, fistfight.
  12. (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.
  13. (mining) An excavation in rock, transverse to the workings, from which material for filling is obtained.
  14. (mining) A passage underground through which ore is shot.
  15. A milling cutter.
  16. A treadmill.
  17. (CB radio slang) A typewriter used to transcribe messages received.
    • 1941, QST (volume 25, issues 2-6, page 90)
      In other words, get a mill in your operating position by hook or crook and use it regularly. At the N.C.R. Radio Schools touch typing is taught at the same time code proficiency is advanced.
    • 1986, Ham Radio Magazine (volume 19, page 66)
      You can read it all right, but the pencil seems to be getting a little sluggish — better make a grab for a "mill."
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mill (mills, present participle milling; past and past participle milled)

  1. (transitive) To grind or otherwise process in a mill or other machine.
    to mill flour
  2. (transitive) To shape, polish, dress or finish using a machine.
  3. (transitive) To engrave one or more grooves or a pattern around the edge of (a cylindrical object such as a coin).
  4. (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.
    • The deer and the pig and the nilghai were milling round and round in a circle of eight or ten miles radius, while the Eaters of Flesh skirmished round its edge.
  5. (transitive) To cause to mill, or circle around.
    to mill cattle
  6. (zoology, of air-breathing creatures) To swim underwater.
  7. (zoology, of a whale) To swim suddenly in a new direction.
  8. (transitive, slang) To beat; to pound.
    • Ortheris said nothing for a while. Then he unslung his belt, heavy with the badges of half a dozen regiments that his own had lain with, and handed it over to Mulvaney.
      "I'm too little for to mill you, Mulvaney," said he, "an' you've strook me before; but you can take an' cut me in two with this 'ere if you like."
  9. To pass through a fulling mill; to full, as cloth.
  10. (transitive) To roll (steel, etc.) into bars.
  11. (transitive) To make (drinking chocolate) frothy, as by churning.
  12. (intransitive) To undergo hulling.
    This maize mills well.
  13. (intransitive, slang) To take part in a fistfight; to box.
  14. (transitive, mining) To fill (a winze or interior incline) with broken ore, to be drawn out at the bottom.
  15. (obsolete, UK, thieves' cant) To commit burglary.
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mill (plural mills)

  1. An obsolete coin worth one thousandth of a US dollar, or one tenth of a cent.
  2. One thousandth part, particularly in millage rates of property tax.
  • (one thousandth part) permille, ‰, ₥

mill (plural mill)

  1. (informal) Alternative form of mil#English|mil (“million”)

mill (plural mills)

  1. A line of three matching pieces in nine men's morris and related games.

mill (mills, present participle milling; past and past participle milled)

  1. (transitive, trading card games) To move (a card) from a deck to the discard pile.
  2. (transitive, Hearthstone) To destroy (a card) due to having a full hand.
Synonyms Noun


  1. (trading card games) Discarding a card from one's deck.
  2. (trading card games) A strategy centered on depleting the opponent's deck.

Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. John Stuart Mill.
    • 1881 June 28, William Montgomery, speech in the New Zealand House of Representatives, seventh Parliament, third session, transcribed in, 1881, Parliamentary Debates, volume 28, page 225 :
      I have endeavoured to acquire a knowledge of the Hare system, and I have read Mill upon the subject, and it seems to me that the present proposal is opposed to that system.
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