- an act or instance of subjecting something to the operation of a mill.
- an act or process of producing plane or shaped surfaces with a milling machine.
- an act or process of making a raised edge on a coin or the like.
- an act or process of making narrow, radial grooves on such a raised edge.
- a number of grooves so made.
- Slang. a beating or thrashing.
Origin of milling
- 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 milling
Contemporary Examples of milling
Milling crowds turned out asking for U.S. help and there was praise for Kerry.EuroMaidan Protesters: We Want U.S. Protection
March 4, 2014
There, hundreds of passengers were milling around with their luggage in a state of utter confusion.LAX: Chaotic Scene Greets Arriving Passengers After Shooting Attack
November 1, 2013
Girls are milling outside in mini-dresses and low-cropped tops talking to bouncers behind the red velvet ropes.Paris Hilton's Trippy Los Angeles Release Party For Her Single With Lil Wayne
October 9, 2013
It was after lunch, and the 80 or so veterans were milling around, chatting, and watching TV.From PTSD to Prison: Why Veterans Become Criminals
July 28, 2013
Her children were milling around and acting up as children will, yet she kept her focus as she talked.Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum’s Activist First Lady, Karen
January 5, 2012
Historical Examples of milling
They were milling back and forth, but no one dared come closer.
Where Hilary had paused, there was a milling indecisiveness.
Behind him the milling, screaming crowd was huddling, as if for protection.
The parks were milling with crowds who came to hear the patriotic speakers.The Martian Cabal
Roman Frederick Starzl
None of the rock was found rich enough to pay for mining and milling.A Gold Hunter's Experience
Chalkley J. Hambleton
- the act or process of grinding, cutting, pressing, or crushing in a mill
- the vertical grooves or fluting on the edge of a coin, etc
- (in W North America) a method of halting a stampede of cattle by turning the leaders in a wide arc until the herd turns in upon itself in a tightening spiral
- 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
Word Origin for mill
- a US and Canadian monetary unit used in calculations, esp for property taxes, equal to one thousandth of a dollar
Word Origin for mill
- 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 milling
"act or business of grinding in a mill," mid-15c., verbal noun from mill (v.1).
"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 milling
see grist for the mill; mills of the gods grind slowly; run of the mill; through the mill; tilt at windmills.