Meaning of MILL in English

I. ˈmil noun

Etymology: Middle English mille, from Old English mylen, from Late Latin molina, molinum, from feminine and neuter of molinus of a mill, of a millstone, from Latin mola mill, millstone; akin to Latin molere to grind — more at meal

Date: before 12th century

1. : a building provided with machinery for grinding grain into flour


a. : a machine or apparatus (as a quern) for grinding grain

b. : a machine for crushing or comminuting

3. : a machine that manufactures by the continuous repetition of some simple action

4. : a building or collection of buildings with machinery for manufacturing


a. : a machine formerly used for stamping coins

b. : a machine for expelling juice from vegetable tissues by pressure or grinding

6. : milling machine , milling cutter


a. : a slow, laborious, or mechanical process or routine

b. : one that produces or processes people or things mechanically or in large numbers

a diploma mill

a rumor mill

8. : a difficult and often educational experience — used in the phrase through the mill

9. : the engine of an automobile or boat

II. verb

Date: 1511

transitive verb

1. : to subject to an operation or process in a mill: as

a. : to grind into flour, meal, or powder

b. : to shape or dress by means of a rotary cutter

c. : to mix and condition (as rubber) by passing between rotating rolls

2. : to give a raised rim or a ridged or corrugated edge to (a coin)

3. : to cut grooves in the metal surface of (as a knob)

intransitive verb

1. : to hit out with the fists

2. : to move in a circle or in an eddying mass ; also : wander

3. : to undergo milling

III. noun

Etymology: Latin mille thousand

Date: 1786

: a money of account equal to 1/10 cent


variant of mil II

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