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
Origin of mill2
Related Words for millsshop, plant, foundry, works, sweatshop, manufactory, pulverize, pound, crush, grate, powder, granulate, press, comminute
Examples from the Web for mills
Contemporary Examples of mills
Mills was lying on the sidewalk, dying, right in front of people trained to save him.
By the time the ambulance arrived, over 10 minutes later, it was too late—Mills died soon after arriving at the hospital.
Both Mills and Purdy can afford whatever devices and training they want—not something the average amputee can boast.How Paralympian Amy Purdy Dances Like a Star
April 30, 2014
Of course, this being Sleepy Hollow, Mills has had her own brushes with the supernatural.‘Sleepy Hollow’ Is TV’s Craziest, Most Over-the-Top New Show ... And You Should Watch It
October 8, 2013
Carla Percival-Young, an architect with Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood Inc., has designed six new schools for storm safety.More Tornado Shelters? Not Necessarily
David Cay Johnston
May 22, 2013
Historical Examples of mills
Because Bruce said this, all the other mills hung back, too.
What did his great house and his mills and all his money amount to, after all?
Do you think it will be one of these mills you'll pick out for your first job?
A railroad four miles long, conveys the quartz from the lode to the mills.Hittel on Gold Mines and Mining
John S. Hittell
He'd tear up my cornfields and meadows and put factories and mills in their place!Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Word Origin for mill
Word Origin for mill
"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.