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mill 1

a. A building equipped with machinery for grinding grain into flour or meal.
b. A device or mechanism that grinds grain.
a. A building or farm equipped with machinery that presses or grinds fruit to extract the juice: a cider mill.
b. A device or machine used to extract juice from fruit.
3. A machine or device that reduces a solid or coarse substance into pulp or minute grains by crushing, grinding, or pressing: a pepper mill.
4. A building or group of buildings equipped with machinery for processing raw materials into finished or industrial products: a textile mill; a steel mill.
a. A machine, such as one for stamping coins, that produces something by the repetition of a simple process.
b. A steel roller bearing a raised design, used for making a die or a printing plate by pressure.
c. Any of various machines for shaping, cutting, polishing, or dressing metal surfaces.
a. A process, agency, or institution that operates in a mechanical way or turns out products in the manner of a factory: The college was nothing more than a diploma mill.
b. A business that breeds and sells animals, such as purebred puppies, often in substandard conditions. Often used in combination: a puppy mill.
7. A difficult or laborious series of experiences: went through the mill trying to get approval to build an addition onto the house.
v. milled, mill·ing, mills
1. To grind, pulverize, or break down into smaller particles in a mill: mill grain.
2. To produce or process mechanically in a mill: mill steel.
3. To cut, shape, or finish in a mill or with a milling tool: logs that are milled for lumber.
a. To produce a ridge around the edge of (a coin).
b. To groove or flute the rim of (a coin or other metal object).
5. Western US To cause (cattle) to move in a circle or tightening spiral in order to stop a stampede.
1. To move around in churning confusion: "A crowd of school children milled about on the curb looking scared" (Anne Tyler).
2. Slang To fight with the fists; box.
3. To undergo milling: grain that mills well.

[Middle English milne, mille, from Old English mylen, from Late Latin molīna, molīnum, from feminine and neuter of molīnus, of a mill, from Latin mola, millstone, from molere, to grind; see melə- in Indo-European roots.]

mill 2

n. Abbr. M. or mi.
A unit of currency equal to 1/1000 of a US dollar or 1/10 of a cent.

[Short for Latin mīllēsimus, thousandth; see mil1.]
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1. a building in which grain is crushed and ground to make flour
2. (Mechanical Engineering) a factory, esp one which processes raw materials: a steel mill.
3. (Mechanical Engineering) any of various processing or manufacturing machines, esp one that grinds, presses, or rolls
4. (Cookery) any of various small hand mills used for grinding pepper, salt, or coffee for domestic purposes. See also coffee mill, pepper mill
5. (Mechanical Engineering) a hard roller for impressing a design, esp in a textile-printing machine or in a machine for printing banknotes
6. a system, institution, etc, that influences people or things in the manner of a factory: going through the educational mill.
7. an unpleasant experience; ordeal (esp in the phrases go or be put through the mill)
8. a fist fight
9. run of the mill ordinary or routine
10. (Mechanical Engineering) (tr) to grind, press, or pulverize in or as if in a mill
11. (Mechanical Engineering) (tr) to process or produce in or with a mill
12. (Mechanical Engineering) to cut or roll (metal) with or as if with a milling machine
13. (tr) to groove or flute the edge of (a coin)
14. (intr; often foll by about or around) to move about in a confused manner
15. (Cookery) (usually tr) rare to beat (chocolate, etc)
16. archaic slang to fight, esp with the fists
[Old English mylen from Late Latin molīna a mill, from Latin mola mill, millstone, from molere to grind]
ˈmillable adj


(Units) a US and Canadian monetary unit used in calculations, esp for property taxes, equal to one thousandth of a dollar
[C18: short for Latin mīllēsimum a thousandth (part)]


1. (Biography) James. 1773–1836, Scottish philosopher, historian, and economist. He expounded Bentham's utilitarian philosophy in Elements of Political Economy (1821) and Analysis of the Phenomena of the Human Mind (1829) and also wrote a History of British India (1817–18)
2. (Biography) his son, John Stuart. 1806–73, English philosopher and economist. He modified Bentham's utilitarian philosophy in Utilitarianism (1861) and in his treatise On Liberty (1859) he defended the rights and freedom of the individual. Other works include A System of Logic (1843) and Principles of Political Economy (1848)
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1. a factory for certain kinds of manufacture, as paper, steel, or textiles.
2. a building equipped with machinery for grinding grain into flour and other cereal products.
3. a machine for grinding, crushing, or pulverizing any solid substance: a coffee mill.
4. any of various machines that modify the shape or size of a piece of work by rotating tools or the work: rolling mill.
5. any of various other apparatuses for shaping materials or performing other mechanical operations.
6. a business or institution that dispenses products or services in an impersonal or mechanical manner: a divorce mill; a diploma mill.
7. Slang. a boxing match or fistfight.
8. to grind, work, treat, or shape in or with a mill.
a. to make a raised edge on (a coin or the like).
b. to make radial grooves on the raised edge of (a coin or the like).
10. to beat or stir, as to a froth: to mill chocolate.
11. Slang. to beat or strike; fight.
12. to move around aimlessly, slowly, or confusedly (often fol. by about or around).
13. Slang. to fight or box.
through the mill, through a set of difficult or painful experiences.
[before 950; Old English myl(e)n < Late Latin molīna= Latin mol(a) mill + -īna -ine3]
mill′a•ble, adj.



a money of account equal to.001 of a U.S. dollar.
[1785–95, Amer.; short for Latin millēsimus thousandth; see mil1]



1. James, 1773–1836, English philosopher, historian, and economist, born in Scotland.
2. his son John Stuart, 1806–73, English philosopher and economist.


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1. 'factory'

A building where machines are used to make things is usually called a factory.

I work in a cheese factory.
He visited several factories which produce domestic electrical goods.
2. 'works'

A place where things are made or where an industrial process takes place can also be called a works. A works can consist of several buildings and may include outdoor equipment and machinery.

There used to be an iron works here.

After works you can use either a singular or plural form of a verb.

The sewage works was closed down.
Engineering works are planned for this district.
3. 'mill'

A building where a particular material is made is often called a mill.

He worked at a cotton mill.
4. 'plant'

A building where chemicals are produced is called a chemical plant.

There was an explosion at a chemical plant.

A power station can also be referred to as a plant.

They discussed the re-opening of the nuclear plant.
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Past participle: milled
Gerund: milling

I mill
you mill
he/she/it mills
we mill
you mill
they mill
I milled
you milled
he/she/it milled
we milled
you milled
they milled
Present Continuous
I am milling
you are milling
he/she/it is milling
we are milling
you are milling
they are milling
Present Perfect
I have milled
you have milled
he/she/it has milled
we have milled
you have milled
they have milled
Past Continuous
I was milling
you were milling
he/she/it was milling
we were milling
you were milling
they were milling
Past Perfect
I had milled
you had milled
he/she/it had milled
we had milled
you had milled
they had milled
I will mill
you will mill
he/she/it will mill
we will mill
you will mill
they will mill
Future Perfect
I will have milled
you will have milled
he/she/it will have milled
we will have milled
you will have milled
they will have milled
Future Continuous
I will be milling
you will be milling
he/she/it will be milling
we will be milling
you will be milling
they will be milling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been milling
you have been milling
he/she/it has been milling
we have been milling
you have been milling
they have been milling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been milling
you will have been milling
he/she/it will have been milling
we will have been milling
you will have been milling
they will have been milling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been milling
you had been milling
he/she/it had been milling
we had been milling
you had been milling
they had been milling
I would mill
you would mill
he/she/it would mill
we would mill
you would mill
they would mill
Past Conditional
I would have milled
you would have milled
he/she/it would have milled
we would have milled
you would have milled
they would have milled
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mill - a plant consisting of one or more buildings with facilities for manufacturingmill - a plant consisting of one or more buildings with facilities for manufacturing
assembly plant - a factory where manufactured parts are assembled into a finished product
auto factory, automobile factory, car factory - a factory where automobiles are manufactured
cannery - a factory where food is canned
chemical plant - an industrial plant where chemicals are produced
closed-circuit television - a television system that is not used for broadcasting but is connected by cables to designated monitors (as in a factory or theater)
conveyer belt, conveyor belt, conveyor, conveyer, transporter - a moving belt that transports objects (as in a factory)
foundry, metalworks - factory where metal castings are produced
lumbermill, sawmill - a mill for dressing logs and lumber
paper mill - a mill where paper is manufactured
industrial plant, plant, works - buildings for carrying on industrial labor; "they built a large plant to manufacture automobiles"
assembly line, production line, line - mechanical system in a factory whereby an article is conveyed through sites at which successive operations are performed on it
shop floor - workplace consisting of the part of a factory housing the machines; "the productive work is done on the shop floor"
stamp mill, stamping mill - a mill in which ore is crushed with stamps
steel factory, steel mill, steel plant, steelworks - a factory where steel is made
sweatshop - factory where workers do piecework for poor pay and are prevented from forming unions; common in the clothing industry
textile mill - a factory for making textiles
uptime - a period of time when something (as a machine or factory) is functioning and available for use
2.mill - Scottish philosopher who expounded Bentham's utilitarianismMill - Scottish philosopher who expounded Bentham's utilitarianism; father of John Stuart Mill (1773-1836)
3.mill - English philosopher and economist remembered for his interpretations of empiricism and utilitarianism (1806-1873)Mill - English philosopher and economist remembered for his interpretations of empiricism and utilitarianism (1806-1873)
4.mill - machinery that processes materials by grinding or crushingmill - machinery that processes materials by grinding or crushing
cider mill - mill that extracts juice from apples to make apple cider
coffee grinder, coffee mill - a mill that grinds roasted coffee beans
flour mill - a mill for grinding grain into flour
gristmill - a mill for grinding grain (especially the customer's own grain)
machinery - machines or machine systems collectively
meat grinder - a mill for grinding meat
pepper grinder, pepper mill - a mill for grinding pepper
quern - a primitive stone mill for grinding corn by hand
spicemill - a mill for grinding spices
treadwheel, tread-wheel, treadmill - a mill that is powered by men or animals walking on a circular belt or climbing steps
water mill - a mill powered by a water wheel
windmill - a mill that is powered by the wind
5.mill - the act of grinding to a powder or dust
compaction, crunch, crush - the act of crushing
Verb1.mill - move about in a confused mannermill - move about in a confused manner  
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
2.mill - grind with a mill; "mill grain"
comminute, bray, mash, crunch, grind - reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading; "grind the spices in a mortar"; "mash the garlic"
3.mill - produce a ridge around the edge of; "mill a coin"
groove - make a groove in, or provide with a groove; "groove a vinyl record"
4.mill - roll out (metal) with a rolling machine
roll out, roll - flatten or spread with a roller; "roll out the paper"
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1. grinder, crusher, quern a pepper mill
2. factory, works, shop, plant, workshop, foundry a textile mill
1. grind, pound, press, crush, powder, grate, pulverize, granulate, comminute freshly milled black pepper
mill about or around swarm, crowd, stream, surge, seethe, throng Quite a few people were milling about.
run of the mill commonplace, middling, average, fair, ordinary, routine, everyday, unremarkable, unexceptional, bog-standard (Brit. & Irish slang) I was just a very average run of the mill student.
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A building or complex in which an industry is located:
factory, plant, work (used in plural).
To break up into tiny particles:
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طَاحُوُنَةٌمَطْحَنَهمَعْمَليَتَحَرَّك بِدون نِظاميَطْحَن
mlýnmlýnekmotat sepřádelnatovárna
møllemyldre omkring=-kværn=-møllekværn
kvörnmalamyllavafra, eigra umverksmiîja
akmuo po kaklugamyklagirnagirnapusėkas ant sprando sėdi
xưởng xay bột


A. N
1. (= textile factory) → fábrica f (de tejidos); (= sugar mill) → ingenio m de azúcar; (= spinning mill) → hilandería f; (= steel mill) → acería f
2. (= machine) → molino m; (for coffee, pepper) → molinillo m (Tech) → fresadora f
to put sb through the mill they put me through the millme las hicieron pasar canutas or moradas
B. VTmoler; [+ metal] → pulir; (coin) → acordonar
mill about mill around
A. VI + ADVarremolinarse
B. VI + PREP people were milling about the booking officela gente se apiñaba delante de la taquilla
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(= grinder) → moulin m
pepper mill → moulin m à poivre
(= factory) → usine f, fabrique f
flour mill → minoterie f
woollen mill → filature f de laine
textile mill → filature f
spinning mill → filature f
vi (also mill about) → s'affairer
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(= building)Mühle f
(= machine)Mühle f; the poor man really went through the mill (inf)der Arme hat wirklich viel durchmachen müssen; (= was questioned hard)der Arme wurde wirklich durch die Mangel gedreht (inf); in training you’re really put through the mill (inf)im Training wird man ganz schön hart rangenommen (inf)
(= paper, steel mill etc)Fabrik f; (= cotton mill, for thread) → Spinnerei f; (for cloth) → Weberei f
vt flour, coffee etcmahlen; metal, paperwalzen; (with milling machine) metalfräsen; coinrändeln


nMühlteich m
nMühlbach or -graben m
nMühlstein m, → Mahlstein m; she’s/it’s a mill around his necksie/das ist für ihn ein Klotz am Bein
nMühlbach m
nMühlrad nt
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1. n
a. (gen) → mulino (Industry) (for grain) → macina (also windmill) → mulino a vento; (small, for coffee, pepper) → macinino
to go through the mill (fig) → passare un periodo duro
to put sb through the mill (fig) → mettere qn sotto torchio
b. (factory) → fabbrica, stabilimento
2. vt (coffee, pepper, flour) → macinare; (metal) → laminare; (coin) → zigrinare
mill about mill around vi + adv (crowd) → brulicare, formicolare
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(mil) noun
1. a machine, sometimes now electrical, for grinding coffee, pepper etc by crushing it between rough, hard surfaces. a coffee-mill; a pepper-mill.
2. a building where grain is ground. The farmer took his corn to the mill.
3. a building where certain types of things are manufactured. A woollen-mill; a steel-mill.
1. to grind or press. This flour was milled locally.
2. (usually with about or around) (of crowds) to move about in a disorganized way. There's a huge crowd of people milling around outside.
ˈmiller noun
a person who works a grain mill.
ˈmillstone noun
1. one of the two large, heavy stones used in an old-fashioned mill for grinding grain.
2. (usually with round one's/the neck) something that is a heavy burden or responsibility, and prevents easy progress. He regarded his brother as a millstone round his neck.
ˈmillwheel noun
a wheel that provides power to a mill as it turns.
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طَاحُوُنَةٌ mlýn mølle Mühle μύλος molino mylly moulin mlin mulino 製粉所 방앗간 molen mølle młyn moinho мельница kvarn โรงสี değirmen xưởng xay bột 磨坊
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But sorrow comes in the night, and the miller all of a sudden became so poor that at last he could hardly call the mill in which he sat his own.
The miller thought she must mean one of his puppies or kittens, so promised the nixy at once what she asked, and returned to his mill full of hope.
And this is Dorlcote Mill. I must stand a minute or two here on the bridge and look at it, though the clouds are threatening, and it is far on in the afternoon.
I happened to arrive at the first factory just as the dinner hour was over, and the girls were returning to their work; indeed the stairs of the mill were thronged with them as I ascended.
A CHARGER, feeling the infirmities of age, was sent to work in a mill instead of going out to battle.
In a week Jurgis got over his sense of helplessness and bewilderment in the rail mill. He learned to find his way about and to take all the miracles and terrors for granted, to work without hearing the rumbling and crashing.
But from certain passages (suppressed here because mixed up with irrelevant matter) it appears clearly that at the time of the meeting in the cafe, Mills had already gathered, in various quarters, a definite view of the eager youth who had been introduced to him in that ultra-legitimist salon.
Her name was Miss Mills. and Dora called her Julia.
They now came in sight of some large water mills that stood in the middle of the river, and the instant Don Quixote saw them he cried out, "Seest thou there, my friend?
I worked seventeen years in them mills, an' I've took notice that most of the accidents happens just before whistle-blow.* I'm willin' to bet that more accidents happens in the hour before whistle-blow than in all the rest of the day.
I wish I was as old and homely, and good and happy, as Miss Mills!"
His heart swelled agreeably as he said, "Well, Mills, how is my aunt?"