Dictionary > Mill

Mill

mill
1. A machine for grinding or commuting 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.
2. 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.
3. A machine for grinding and polishing; as, a lapidary mill.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. A hardened steel roller having a design in relief, used for imprinting a reversed copy of the design in a softer metal, as copper.
7. (Science: chemical) An excavation in rock, transverse to the workings, from which material for filling is obtained. A passage underground through which ore is shot.
8. A milling cutter.
9. A pugilistic. Edge mill, flint mill, etc. See Edge, Flint, etc. Mill bar, a mill in which ore is crushed by sta
7ed
mps. To go through the mill, to experience the suffering or discipline necessary to bring one to a certain degree of knowledge or skill, or to a certain mental state.
Origin: OE. Mille, melle, mulle, milne, AS. Myln, mylen; akin to D. Molen, G. Muhle, OHG. Muli, mulin, Icel. Mylna; all prob. From L. Molina, fr. Mola millstone; prop, that which grinds, akin to molere to grind, Goth. Malan, G. Mahlen, and to E. Meal. See Meal flour, and cf. Moline.
(Science: zoology) To swim under water; said of airbreathing creatures.


You will also like...

Genetics and Evolution
Genetics and Evolution

Humans are diploid creatures. This means that for every chromosome in the body, there is another one to match it. Howeve..

genes controlling growth and development
Control of Growth & Development

Control of Growth & Development tutorials look at how the genetic makeup determines the biological processes on a da..

kinesin motor proteins transporting molecules across microtubules
Movement of Molecules Across Cell Membranes

Molecules move within the cell or from one cell to another through different strategies. Transport may be in the form of..

Ploidy
Polyploidy

Humans are diploid creatures. This means that for every chromosome in the body, there is another one to match it. Howeve..

Human Nervous System
The Human Nervous System

The nervous system is essentially a biological information highway. This tutorial gives an overview of the nervous syste..

Mātauranga Māori and Science Collaboration
Mātauranga Māori and Science

Mātauranga Māori is the living knowledge system of the indigenous people of New Zealand, including the relationships t..