Mill n. A money of account of the United States, having the value of the tenth of a cent, or the thousandth of a dollar.
1. A machine for grinding or comminuting any substance, as grain, by rubbing and crushing it between two hard, rough, or indented surfaces; as, a gristmill, a coffee mill; a bone mill.
2. 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; as, a cider mill; a cane mill.
3. A machine for grinding and polishing; as, a lapidary mill.
4. A common name for various machines which produce a manufactured product, or change the form of a raw material by the continuous repetition of some simple action; as, a sawmill; a stamping mill, etc.
5. A building or collection of buildings with machinery by which the processes of manufacturing are carried on; as, a cotton mill; a powder mill; a rolling mill.
6. Die Sinking A hardened steel roller having a design in relief, used for imprinting a reversed copy of the design in a softer metal, as copper.
7. Mining (a) An excavation in rock, transverse to the workings, from which material for filling is obtained. (b) A passage underground through which ore is shot.
8. A milling cutter. See Illust. under Milling.
9. A pugilistic encounter. [Cant]
10. Short for Treadmill.
11. The raised or ridged edge or surface made in milling anything, as a coin or screw.
Edge mill, Flint mill, etc. See under Edge, Flint, etc.
Mill bar Iron Works, a rough bar rolled or drawn directly from a bloom or puddle bar for conversion into merchant iron in the mill.
Mill cinder, slag from a puddling furnace.
Mill head, the head of water employed to turn the wheel of a mill.
Mill pick, a pick for dressing millstones.
Mill pond, a pond that supplies the water for a mill.
Mill race, the canal in which water is conveyed to a mill wheel, or the current of water which drives the wheel.
Mill tail, the water which flows from a mill wheel after turning it, or the channel in which the water flows.
Mill tooth, a grinder or molar tooth.
Mill wheel, the water wheel that drives the machinery of a mill.
Gin mill, a tavern; a bar; a saloon; especially, a cheap or seedy establishment that serves liquor by the drink.
Roller mill, a mill in which flour or meal is made by crushing grain between rollers.
Stamp mill Mining, a mill in which ore is crushed by stamps.
To go through the mill, to experience the suffering or discipline necessary to bring one to a certain degree of knowledge or skill, or to a certain mental state.
Mill v. t. [imp. & p. p. Milled p. pr. & vb. n. Milling.]
1. To reduce to fine particles, or to small pieces, in a mill; to grind; to comminute.
2. To shape, finish, or transform by passing through a machine; specifically, to shape or dress, as metal, by means of a rotary cutter.
3. To make a raised border around the edges of, or to cut fine grooves or indentations across the edges of, as of a coin, or a screw head; also, to stamp in a coining press; to coin.
4. To pass through a fulling mill; to full, as cloth.
5. To beat with the fists. [Cant]
6. To roll into bars, as steel.
To mill chocolate, to make it frothy, as by churning.
Mill, v. i. Zool. To swim under water; -- said of air-breathing creatures.
2. To undergo hulling, as maize.
3. To move in a circle, as cattle upon a plain; to move around aimlessly; -- usually used with around.
The deer and the pig and the nilghar were milling round and round in a circle of eight or ten miles radius. --Kipling.
4. To swim suddenly in a new direction; -- said of whales.
5. To take part in a mill; to box. [Cant]
Mill, v. t.
1. Mining To fill (a winze or interior incline) with broken ore, to be drawn out at the bottom.
2. To cause to mill, or circle round, as cattle.
n 1: a plant consisting of buildings with facilities for
manufacturing [syn: factory, manufacturing plant, manufactory]
2: Scottish philosopher who expounded Bentham's utilitarianism;
father of John Stuart Mill (1773-1836) [syn: James Mill]
3: English philosopher and economist remembered for his
interpretations of empiricism and utilitarianism
(1806-1873) [syn: John Mill, John Stuart Mill]
4: machine that processes materials by grinding or crushing
5: the act of grinding to a powder or dust [syn: grind, pulverization,
v 1: move about in a confused manner [syn: mill about, mill
2: grind with a mill; "mill grain"
3: produce a ridge around the edge of; "mill a coin"
4: roll out (metal) with a rolling machine
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.