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rolling mill

noun
1.
a mill where ingots, slabs, sheets, etc., of usually hot metal are passed between rolls to give them a certain thickness or cross-sectional form.
2.
a machine or set of rollers for rolling out or shaping metal.
Origin of rolling mill
1780-1790
An Americanism dating back to 1780-90
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  • But I only had him a year, and then he up and got killed in a rolling mill.

    Patty's Social Season

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  • Beyond this was the rolling mill, where her father and Mose worked.

    Hesper, the Home-Spirit Elizabeth Doten
  • The metal, as it comes from the rolling mill, is perfectly smooth.

    Copper Work Augustus F. Rose
  • He just had to blow off steam so he did it in a gin mill rather than a rolling mill.

    Laugh and Live Douglas Fairbanks
  • He came across a flat oblong disc of tin; it had been a box of sardines, it was now flattened out as though by a rolling mill.

    The Pools of Silence H. de Vere Stacpoole
  • The rolling mill must have come, not only before the modern steam-boiler, but even before the modern plow could be made.

    Steam Steel and Electricity James W. Steele
  • When actual rail-making for railroads began, the rolling mill raised its powers to meet the emergency.

    Steam Steel and Electricity James W. Steele
  • The old man that I worked with when I first entered the rolling mill was gray with his sixty years of toil.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
  • In our rolling mill we did not have an anvil on which the "bloom" was beaten by a trip-hammer as is done in the Old Country.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
  • In Birmingham I found a job in a rolling mill and established myself in a good boarding-house.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
British Dictionary definitions for rolling mill

rolling mill

noun
1.
a mill or factory where ingots of heated metal are passed between rollers to produce sheets or bars of a required cross section and form
2.
a machine having rollers that may be shaped to reduce ingots, etc, to a required cross section and form
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