Origin of millstream

First recorded in 1805–15; mill1 + stream Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for millstream

Historical Examples of millstream

  • It sounded like a millstream, a brook swollen with rain, a tidal wave.

    The Confession of a Fool

    August Strindberg

  • The current was running along the side of the ship like a millstream.

    Fridtjof Nansen

    Jacob B. Bull

  • Mitsos propped him up against the wall, and ran to get water from the millstream outside.

    The Vintage

    Edward Frederic Benson

  • The path wound along a bank a couple of feet above the millstream.

British Dictionary definitions for millstream



a stream of water used to turn a millwheel
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Word Origin and History for millstream

Old English mylestream; see mill (n.1) + stream (n.).

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