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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. 2018.
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  • His army could be wasted, ground up like wheat in a water mill.

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

    Under the Storm Charlotte M. Yonge
  • As the last man ran across the bridge on the heels of his comrades, Zeneta looked across the valley towards the water mill.

    The Velvet Glove Henry Seton Merriman
  • A water mill occasionally forms a prominent feature,—so prominent, indeed, as to give its name to the picture.

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

  • We had no belting, and we made some of rawhide, but there was no way of keeping it dry, for we had a water mill.

    Then and Now Robert Vaughn
  • Give me a water mill, every time; this current stuff is mighty unreliable.

    Betty Gordon at Bramble Farm Alice B. Emerson
  • Each village possesses its water mill or mills, so that the natives are not entirely ignorant of mechanics.

    In Eastern Seas J. J. Smith
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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