- either of a pair of circular stones between which grain or another substance is ground, as in a mill.
- anything that grinds or crushes.
- any heavy mental or emotional burden (often used in the phrase a millstone around one's neck).
Origin of millstone
Related Words for millstonealbatross, load, grievance, encumbrance, strain, affliction, worry, concern, misfortune, onus, cross, accountability, charge, hardship, blame, difficulty, anxiety, trouble, stress, task
Examples from the Web for millstone
Contemporary Examples of millstone
But the challenge of Europe is to accept a connection to a millstone that has the financial world teetering.Could Europe’s Economic Crisis Sink Us?
September 13, 2011
But all of this dubious wealth has become a millstone for the Swiss.The End of Swiss Discretion
October 1, 2009
Historical Examples of millstone
Thus, virtue did not become a burden, nor honor a millstone.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
You have a heart harder than the millstone, more set than ice!The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
It were better for him that a millstone were hung about his neck and that he be cast into the deep.
No one ever got anywhere with anything with such a millstone around his neck.Evening Round Up
William Crosbie Hunter
As man and millstone reached the sea the storm instantly ceased.Legend Land, Vol. 1
- one of a pair of heavy flat disc-shaped stones that are rotated one against the other to grind grain
- a heavy burden, such as a responsibility or obligationhis debts were a millstone round his neck