- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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
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
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Word Origin and History for millstone
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