mill 1 (mĭl)
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
, from molere
, to grind
; see melə-
in Indo-European roots
mill 2 (mĭl)
n. Abbr. M.
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
(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]
(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. v.t.
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. v.i.
12. to move around aimlessly, slowly, or confusedly (often fol. by about or around).
13. Slang. to fight or box. Idioms:
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
a money of account equal to.001 of a U.S. dollar.
; 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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factory works mill plant
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.
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.
A building where a particular material is made is often called a mill.
He worked at a cotton mill.
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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