[ mil-ing ]
/ ˈmɪl ɪŋ /
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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.
  1. an act or process of making a raised edge on a coin or the like.
  2. an act or process of making narrow, radial grooves on such a raised edge.
  3. a number of grooves so made.
Slang. a beating or thrashing.



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Origin of milling

1425–75; late Middle English. See mill1, -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for milling

/ (ˈmɪlɪŋ) /


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
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