- 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.
- a machine or set of rollers for rolling out or shaping metal.
Origin of rolling mill
An Americanism dating back to 1780–90
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Examples from the Web for rolling mill
Besides, speech is a rolling-mill that always thins out the sentiment.Madame Bovary
There were foundries and machine-shops and forging-shops and a rolling-mill, almost completely robotic.The Cosmic Computer
Henry Beam Piper
The Author snarled to me that she laughed like a rolling-mill and reasoned like a head-on collision.A Woman Named Smith
Marie Conway Oemler
The pig-iron produced at these smelting-works is now used in a foundry close at hand, to which a rolling-mill is just added.Two Years in Oregon
In 1750 it placed him under a penalty of 200 for erecting a rolling-mill, tilt-hammer or steel-furnace.
- 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
- a machine having rollers that may be shaped to reduce ingots, etc, to a required cross section and form
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