Mill, n. 1. Short
2. The raised or ridged edge or surface made
in milling anything, as a coin or screw.
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
Mill (?), v. i. 1.
To undergo hulling, as maize.
2. To move in a circle, as cattle upon a
The deer and the pig and the nilghar were
milling round and round in a circle of eight or ten miles
3. To swim suddenly in a new direction; --
said of whales.
4. To take part in a mill; to box.
Mill (mĭl), n. [L. mille
a thousand. Cf. Mile.] A money of account of the United
States, having the value of the tenth of a cent, or the thousandth of
Mill, n. [OE. mille,
melle, mulle, milne, AS. myln,
mylen; akin to D. molen, G. mühle, OHG.
mulī, mulīn, Icel. mylna; all prob.
from L. molina, fr. mola millstone; prop., that which
grinds, akin to molere to grind, Goth. malan, G.
mahlen, and to E. meal. √108. See Meal
flour, and cf. Moline.]
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
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
9. A pugilistic encounter. [Cant]
R. D. Blackmore.
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. -- 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 (mĭl), v. t. [imp.
& p. p. Milled (mĭld); p. pr. & vb.
n. Milling.] [See Mill, n.,
and cf. Muller.]
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
4. To pass through a fulling mill; to full,
5. To beat with the fists. [Cant]
6. To roll into bars, as steel.
To mill chocolate, to make it frothy, as by
Mill, v. i. (Zoöl.) To
swim under water; -- said of air-breathing creatures.