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water mill

a mill with machinery driven by water.
Origin of water mill
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Last winter I ground double the amount of any water mill in this vicinity.

  • His army could be wasted, ground up like wheat in a water mill.

  • And from that afternoon Arthur made up his mind that his next mill should be a water mill.

    Last Words Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • A water mill and a wind mill "for the same cause" was let for 6s.

    The Great Pestilence (A.D. 1348-9) Francis Aidan Gasquet
  • A water mill occasionally forms a prominent feature,—so prominent, indeed, as to give its name to the picture.

  • And thus they worked their sad way up to the buildings about the water mill.

    Under the Storm Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Each village possesses its water mill or mills, so that the natives are not entirely ignorant of mechanics.

    In Eastern Seas J. J. Smith
  • The country grew wilder and wilder, and since we had passed a water mill, we had lost all trace of human habitation.

    The Bible in Spain George Borrow
  • A sun-lit clearing in a wood and a water mill raised no moral question.

    Evelyn Innes George Moore
  • In its passage to the Dee, it formerly turned a water mill, now in ruins.

British Dictionary definitions for water mill

water mill

a mill operated by a water wheel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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