[ mil-ing ]
/ ˈmɪl ɪŋ /


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.

Origin of milling

1425–75; late Middle English. See mill1, -ing1

Definition for milling (2 of 2)

[ mil ]
/ mɪl /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to move around aimlessly, slowly, or confusedly, as a herd of cattle (often followed by about or around).
Slang. to fight or box.

Origin of mill

before 950; Middle English milne, mille (noun), Old English myl(e)n < Late Latin molīna, noun use of feminine of molīnus of a mill, equivalent to Latin mol(a) mill + -īnus -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for milling (1 of 4)

/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for milling (2 of 4)

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Derived forms of mill

millable, adjective

Word Origin for mill

Old English mylen from Late Latin molīna a mill, from Latin mola mill, millstone, from molere to grind

British Dictionary definitions for milling (3 of 4)

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a US and Canadian monetary unit used in calculations, esp for property taxes, equal to one thousandth of a dollar

Word Origin for mill

C18: short for Latin mīllēsimum a thousandth (part)

British Dictionary definitions for milling (4 of 4)

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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)
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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.

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