Origin of milled
verb (used with object)
- 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).
verb (used without object)
Origin of mill1
Synonyms for mill
Examples from the Web for milled
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of milled
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
Word Origin for mill
Word Origin for mill
"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.
"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.
see grist for the mill; mills of the gods grind slowly; run of the mill; through the mill; tilt at windmills.