- simple past tense and past participle of mill1.
Origin of milled
- a factory for certain kinds of manufacture, as paper, steel, or textiles.
- a building equipped with machinery for grinding grain into flour and other cereal products.
- a machine for grinding, crushing, or pulverizing any solid substance: a coffee mill.
- any of various machines that modify the shape or size of a workpiece by rotating tools or the work: rolling mill.
- any of various other apparatuses for shaping materials or performing other mechanical operations.
- a business or institution that dispenses products or services in an impersonal or mechanical manner, as if produced in a factory: a divorce mill; a diploma mill.
- Machinery. a cutter on a milling machine.
- a steel roller for receiving and transferring an impressed design, as to a calico-printing cylinder or a banknote-printing plate.
- Mining. a place or set of machinery for crushing or concentrating ore.
- Slang. a boxing match or fistfight.
- to grind, work, treat, or shape in or with a mill.
- to make a raised edge on (a coin or the like).
- to make narrow, radial grooves on the raised edge of (a coin or the like).
- to beat or stir, as to a froth: to mill chocolate.
- Slang. to beat or strike; fight; overcome.
- to move around aimlessly, slowly, or confusedly, as a herd of cattle (often followed by about or around).
- Slang. to fight or box.
- through the mill, Informal. undergoing or having undergone severe difficulties, trials, etc., especially with an effect on one's health, personality, or character: He's really been through the mill since his wife's death.
Origin of mill1
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Examples from the Web for milled
Moviegoers enjoyed a drink at the bar and milled around waiting for the 10:15 p.m. showing of The Interview.I Was Honeydicked Into Spending Christmas with ‘The Interview’
December 26, 2014
German artillery chased the landing craft where they milled off shore.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day
November 15, 2014
We just milled around the front of the school, waiting for our parents to come and pick us up.The JFK Assassination: The Long Weekend That Never Ended
November 1, 2013
They care about the words that are milled and poured into the magazine, whether in one or six articles.Lawrence Wright: How I Write
May 22, 2013
Some milled about with large signs descrying the banks and financial institutions for imperiling the global economy.Assange Addresses Occupy London Protesters
October 15, 2011
The people wore white and milled about in the streets below him.Pleasant Journey
Richard F. Thieme
It was an object that had upon it a nap, similar to that of milled cloth.The Book of the Damned
They milled about him as he stood there, gazing down at them sardonically.Beyond the Vanishing Point
Raymond King Cummings
Tad was surprised to find that he had milled the cattle into a compact bunch.The Pony Rider Boys in Texas
Frank Gee Patchin
They must be milled to give them a rough edge, and they must be stamped.Diggers in the Earth
Eva March Tappan
- (of coins, etc) having a grooved or fluted edge
- made or treated in a mill
- a building in which grain is crushed and ground to make flour
- a factory, esp one which processes raw materialsa steel mill
- any of various processing or manufacturing machines, esp one that grinds, presses, or rolls
- any of various small hand mills used for grinding pepper, salt, or coffee for domestic purposesSee also coffee mill, pepper mill
- a hard roller for impressing a design, esp in a textile-printing machine or in a machine for printing banknotes
- a system, institution, etc, that influences people or things in the manner of a factorygoing through the educational mill
- an unpleasant experience; ordeal (esp in the phrases go or be put through the mill)
- a fist fight
- run of the mill ordinary or routine
- (tr) to grind, press, or pulverize in or as if in a mill
- (tr) to process or produce in or with a mill
- to cut or roll (metal) with or as if with a milling machine
- (tr) to groove or flute the edge of (a coin)
- (intr; often foll by about or around) to move about in a confused manner
- (usually tr) rare to beat (chocolate, etc)
- archaic, slang to fight, esp with the fists
- a US and Canadian monetary unit used in calculations, esp for property taxes, equal to one thousandth of a dollar
- James. 1773–1836, Scottish philosopher, historian, and economist. He expounded Bentham's utilitarian philosophy in Elements of Political Economy (1821) and Analysis of the Phenomena of the Human Mind (1829) and also wrote a History of British India (1817–18)
- his son, John Stuart. 1806–73, English philosopher and economist. He modified Bentham's utilitarian philosophy in Utilitarianism (1861) and in his treatise On Liberty (1859) he defended the rights and freedom of the individual. Other works include A System of Logic (1843) and Principles of Political Economy (1848)
Word Origin and History for milled
"building fitted to grind grain," Old English mylen "a mill" (10c.), an early Germanic borrowing from Late Latin molina, molinum "mill" (source of French moulin, Spanish molino), originally fem. and neuter of molinus "pertaining to a mill," from Latin mola "mill, millstone," related to molere "to grind," from PIE *mele-, *mel- "to crush, grind," with derivatives referring to ground material and tools for grinding (cf. Greek myle "mill;" see mallet).
Also from Late Latin molina, directly or indirectly, are German Mühle, Old Saxon mulin, Old Norse mylna, Danish mølle, Old Church Slavonic mulinu. Broader sense of "grinding machine" is attested from 1550s. Other types of manufacturing machines driven by wind or water, whether for grinding or not, began to be called mills by early 15c. Sense of "building fitted with industrial machinery" is from c.1500.
"one-tenth cent," 1786, an original U.S. currency unit but now used only for tax calculation purposes, shortening of Latin millesimum "one-thousandth," from mille "a thousand" (see million). Formed on the analogy of cent, which is short for Latin centesimus "one hundredth" (of a dollar).
"to keep moving round and round in a mass," 1874 (implied in milling), originally of cattle, from mill (n.1) on resemblance to the action of a mill wheel. Related: Milled.
"to grind," 1550s, from mill (n.1). Related: milled; milling.
Idioms and Phrases with milled
see grist for the mill; mills of the gods grind slowly; run of the mill; through the mill; tilt at windmills.