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Definition of Mill


  1. A money of account of the United States, having the value of the tenth of a cent, or the thousandth of a dollar.
  2. A machine for grinding or comminuting any substance, as grain, by rubbing and crushing it between two hard, rough, or intented surfaces; as, a gristmill, a coffee mill; a bone 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; as, a cider mill; a cane mill.
  4. A machine for grinding and polishing; as, a lapidary mill.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. A hardened steel roller having a design in relief, used for imprinting a reversed copy of the design in a softer metal, as copper.
  8. An excavation in rock, transverse to the workings, from which material for filling is obtained.
  9. A passage underground through which ore is shot.
  10. A milling cutter. See Illust. under Milling.
  11. A pugilistic.
  12. To reduce to fine particles, or to small pieces, in a mill; to grind; to comminute.
  13. To shape, finish, or transform by passing through a machine; specifically, to shape or dress, as metal, by means of a rotary cutter.
  14. 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.
  15. To pass through a fulling mill; to full, as cloth.
  16. To beat with the fists.
  17. To roll into bars, as steel.
  18. To swim under water; -- said of air-breathing creatures.
  19. To undergo hulling, as maize.
  20. To move in a circle, as cattle upon a plain.
  21. To swim suddenly in a new direction; -- said of whales.
  22. To take part in a mill; to box.
  23. Short for Treadmill.
  24. The raised or ridged edge or surface made in milling anything, as a coin or screw.
  25. To fill (a winze or interior incline) with broken ore, to be drawn out at the bottom.
  26. To cause to mill, or circle round, as cattle.
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Mill Translations

mill in Dutch is molen
mill in Finnish is tehdas
mill in French is bahut, moulons, mouds, moulez, moulin, moulent
mill in Italian is mulino
mill in Portuguese is moinho
mill in Spanish is molino
mill in Swedish is kvarn