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Definition of mill:

  1. A building or collection of buildings with machinery by which the processes of manufacturing are carried on; as, a cotton mill; a powder mill; a rolling mill.
  2. A common name for various machines which produce a manufactured product, or change the form of a raw material by the continuous repetition of some simple action; as, a sawmill; a stamping mill, etc.
  3. A hardened steel roller having a design in relief, used for imprinting a reversed copy of the design in a softer metal, as copper.
  4. A machine for grinding and polishing; as, a lapidary mill.
  5. A machine for grinding or comminuting any substance, as grain, by rubbing and crushing it between two hard, rough, or intented surfaces; as, a gristmill, a coffee mill; a bone mill.
  6. A machine used for expelling the juice, sap, etc., from vegetable tissues by pressure, or by pressure in combination with a grinding, or cutting process; as, a cider mill; a cane mill.
  7. A milling cutter. See Illust. under Milling.
  8. A money of account of the United States, having the value of the tenth of a cent, or the thousandth of a dollar.
  9. A passage underground through which ore is shot.
  10. A pugilistic.
  11. An excavation in rock, transverse to the workings, from which material for filling is obtained.
  12. Short for Treadmill.
  13. The raised or ridged edge or surface made in milling anything, as a coin or screw.
  14. To beat with the fists.
  15. To cause to mill, or circle round, as cattle.
  16. To fill ( a winze or interior incline) with broken ore, to be drawn out at the bottom.
  17. To make a raised border around the edges of, or to cut fine grooves or indentations across the edges of, as of a coin, or a screw head; also, to stamp in a coining press; to coin.
  18. To move in a circle, as cattle upon a plain.
  19. To pass through a fulling mill; to full, as cloth.
  20. To reduce to fine particles, or to small pieces, in a mill; to grind; to comminute.
  21. To roll into bars, as steel.
  22. To shape, finish, or transform by passing through a machine; specifically, to shape or dress, as metal, by means of a rotary cutter.
  23. To swim suddenly in a new direction; - said of whales.
  24. To swim under water; - said of air- breathing creatures.
  25. To take part in a mill; to box.
  26. To undergo hulling, as maize.


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