- 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.
Origin of milling
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 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
Word Origin for mill
Word Origin for mill
"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.
"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.