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1 a plant consisting of buildings with facilities for manufacturing [syn: factory, manufacturing plant, manufactory]
2 Scottish philosopher who expounded Bentham's utilitarianism; father of John Stuart Mill (1773-1836) [syn: James Mill]
3 English philosopher and economist remembered for his interpretations of empiricism and utilitarianism (1806-1873) [syn: John Mill, John Stuart Mill]
4 machine that processes materials by grinding or crushing [syn: grinder]
5 the act of grinding to a powder or dust [syn: grind, pulverization, pulverisation]


1 move about in a confused manner [syn: mill about, mill around]
2 grind with a mill; "mill grain"
3 produce a ridge around the edge of; "mill a coin"
4 roll out (metal) with a rolling machine

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /mɪl/, /mIl/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪl


Etymology 1


  1. A grinding apparatus for substances such as grains, seeds, etc.
  2. The building housing such a grinding apparatus.
  3. A manufacturing plant for paper, steel, textiles, etc.
  4. A building housing such a plant.
  5. An establishment that handles a certain type of situation routinely, such as a divorce mill, etc.
grinding apparatus or the building housing it
manufacturing plant
establishment that handles a certain type of situation routinely

Etymology 2

Ultimately from Latin millesimum


  1. An obsolete coin with value one-thousandth of a dollar, or one-tenth of a cent.

Etymology 3

From the noun mill


  1. To grind or otherwise process in a mill or other machine.
    to mill flour
  2. To shape, polish, dress or finish using a machine.
  3. To engrave one or more grooves or a pattern around the edge of (a cylindrical object such as a coin).
  4. (followed by around, about, etc.) To move about in an aimless fashion.
grind or process using a mill or other machine
shape, polish, etc, using a machine
engrave groove around the edge of
move about in an aimless fashion


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Latin milium





Extensive Definition

Mill may refer to the following:
  • Mill (grinding), equipment for the grinding or pulverizing of raw materials using millstones
  • Mill (factory), a place of business for making articles of manufacture. The term mill was once in common use for a factory because many factories in the early stages of the Industrial Revolution were powered by a watermill, but nowadays it is only used in a few specific contexts; e.g.
    • a cotton mill is a factory for processing cotton
    • a paper mill produces paper
    • a sawmill cuts timber
    • a gristmill grinds grain into flour
    • a steel mill manufactures steel
    • a sugar mill (also called a sugar refinery) processes sugar beets or sugar cane into various finished products
    • a huller (also called a rice mill, or rice husker) is used to hull rice
  • Milling machine, metalworking machine that operates by rotating a cutting bit while the workpiece is moved against the cutter on an XY table.
  • Stamp mill, a specialized machine for reducing ore to powder for further processing or for fracturing other materials
  • Mill (currency), a denomination used by some currencies, equivalent of a tenth of a cent/penny, or a thousandth of currency unit. In some currencies, like the Cypriot pound (introduced in 1955 and lasting until 1983), the use of mills has long ago been abolished and have been replaced entirely by cents.
  • The standard author abbreviation Mill. may be used to indicate botanist Philip Miller's work when citing a botanical name
  • Diploma mill or degree mill an organization which awards academic degrees and diplomas with very little or no academic study and without recognition by official accrediting bodies
  • Nine Men's Morris, a traditional board game; the term "mill" may also mean "three (playing pieces) in a row" within the game
  • Arithmetical unit, used in the context of Charles Babbage's Analytical engine, a 19th century concept of a computer
  • Windmill (breakdance move) or mill, a power move in breakdancing
  • The Mill (post-production), a visual effects company
  • Mill (insult), an abbreviation for "mentally ill" which is now sometimes used in the derogatory sense
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See also

mill in Catalan: Mill (desambiguació)
mill in Czech: Mlýn (rozcestník)
mill in German: Mühle (Begriffsklärung)
mill in French: Mill
mill in Korean: 밀 (동음이의)
mill in Japanese: ミル
mill in Polish: Młyn (ujednoznacznienie)
mill in Russian: Мельница (значения)
mill in Simple English: Mill

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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