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milk

 (mĭlk)
n.
1. A whitish liquid containing proteins, fats, lactose, and various vitamins and minerals that is produced by the mammary glands of all mature female mammals after they have given birth and serves as nourishment for their young.
2. The milk of cows, goats, or other animals, used as food by humans.
3. Any of various potable liquids resembling milk, such as coconut milk or soymilk.
4. A liquid resembling milk in consistency, such as milkweed sap or milk of magnesia.
v. milked, milk·ing, milks
v.tr.
1.
a. To draw milk from the teat or udder of (a female mammal).
b. To draw or extract a liquid from: milked the stem for its last drops of sap.
2. To press out, drain off, or remove (a liquid): milk venom from a snake.
3. Informal
a. To draw out or extract something from: milked the witness for information.
b. To obtain money or benefits from, in order to achieve personal gain; exploit: "The dictator and his cronies had milked their country of somewhere between $5 billion and $10 billion" (Russell Watson).
c. To obtain the greatest possible advantage from (a situation).
d. To get the greatest effect from (a line or scene in a play, for example).
v.intr.
1. To yield or supply milk.
2. To draw milk from a female mammal.
Idiom:
milk it
To take advantage of the help or kindness of others, as when one acts as if one still needs help after recovering from an illness.

[Middle English, from Old English milc; see melg- in Indo-European roots.]

milk′er n.

milking

(ˈmɪlkɪŋ)
n
(Agriculture) the act of removing or extracting milk from the udders or mammary glands of an animal such as a cow, goat, or sheep
Translations

milking

[ˈmɪlkɪŋ]
A. ADJlechero, de ordeño
B. Nordeño m
C. CPD milking machine Nordeñadora f mecánica

milking

[ˈmɪlkɪŋ] ntraite f
to do the milking → faire la traitemilking machine ntrayeuse fmilk jug npot m à lait

milking

nMelken nt

milking

[ˈmɪlkɪŋ] nmungitura

milk·ing

n. ordeño, maniobra para forzar sustancias fuera de un tubo; sacar leche.
References in classic literature ?
You'd see a muddy sow and a litter of pigs come lazying along the street and whollop herself right down in the way, where folks had to walk around her, and she'd stretch out and shut her eyes and wave her ears whilst the pigs was milking her, and look as happy as if she was on salary.
Or when one washes one's milk pail before milking one's cow?
He sat within earshot, milking the cows by the light of a lantern, which I seized unceremoniously, and, calling out that I would send it back on the morrow, rushed to the nearest postern.
My eldest daughter attends at five every morning in a neighbouring establishment, to acquire the process - if process it may be called - of milking cows.