a pond for supplying water to drive a mill wheel.

Origin of millpond

First recorded in 1640–50; mill1 + pond Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for millpond

Historical Examples of millpond

  • It was beautiful weather, and the sea as smooth as a millpond.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • Now he reaches the bridge that crosses the millpond, pauses for breath, then proceeds on.

    An Outcast

    F. Colburn Adams

  • At the upper end of the coombe the spring issued, and at the lower was the millpond.

  • Two of them, then three, four, as they came out on the bank of a millpond.

    Ride Proud, Rebel!

    Andre Alice Norton

  • The lake was calm as a millpond and there was no reason for strenuous rowing.

    The Firebug

    Roy J. Snell

British Dictionary definitions for millpond



a pool formed by damming a stream to provide water to turn a millwheel
any expanse of calm waterthe sea was a millpond
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