There are 2 definitions of mill in English:

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noun

1A building equipped with machinery for grinding grain into flour.
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  • At mills or bakeries, barley flour can be added to flours from other grains for baking.
  • Then, just a short distance from the church, the archaeologists discovered evidence of metalworking, a mill and farm buildings.
  • Formed out of an old flour mill, the building has a powerful green pre-patinated louvred wall which modifies sun penetration of the interior.
Synonyms
factory, plant, processing plant, works, workshop, shop, foundry, industrial centre, industrial unit
1.1A piece of machinery for grinding grain: a direct steam-driven flour mill
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  • Terrestrial centrifugal grinding mills and density-separation jigs can be adapted for this work.
  • In colonial America, small streams powered rural grist mills and sawmills.
  • In Hobart and Launceston the colonists captured the waters of nearby streams to power flour mills.
1.2A domestic device for grinding a solid substance to powder: a pepper mill
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  • Also at odds with the ‘fine dining’ experience were the salt and pepper shakers on each table - not a pepper or salt mill in sight.
  • The fish is seasoned with salt and a few twists of a mill containing peppercorns and allspice berries.
Synonyms
2A factory fitted with machinery for a particular manufacturing process: a steel mill
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  • This footage is followed by scarily similar scenes of rows of identical workers entering and working in the factories and steel mills.
  • Essie Mae grew up mainly with an aunt and uncle in a steel mill town not far from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Along the way, the train passes by abandoned steel mills and through the towns where the employees who worked there lived.
2.1A piece of manufacturing machinery.
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  • Steam power drove threshing mills and other barn machinery.
  • John explained that the teams operating the traction engines and threshing mills will have them working for twenty minutes at a time several times a day so that the public can gain a picture of what the work was like.
  • Change lay ahead, and the mills and traction engines would be superseded as working units, but interest in them has not died.
3 informal An engine.
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  • Engine options range from a 125 bhp, 2.2 litre turbodiesel mill to a pair of new turbocharged 2.0 litre petrol units.
4 informal , dated A boxing match or a fist fight.

verb

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1Grind (something) in a mill: hard wheats are easily milled into white flour (as adjective, with submodifier milled) freshly milled black pepper
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  • Refined white flour is what's left after the nutrient-packed germ and bran are milled out of the wheat kernel.
  • Heritage also uses freshly milled flour, purchased from a local miller, and both bakeries use a slow-rise yeast to make their bread.
  • Now quickly add the chives, ricotta, torta Gorgonzola and pecorino plus a seasoning of freshly milled pepper and stir until the cheese begins to melt.
Synonyms
grind, pulverize, powder, granulate, kibble; grate, pound, crush, crunch, press
rare comminute, triturate, bray, levigate
2Cut or shape (metal) with a rotating tool: in the machine shop we mill and grind the castings (as noun milling) a milling machine
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  • Drills, lathes, and milling machines produce metal trimmings that machine shops discard as trash or melt down for reuse.
  • This reminds me of one time that the chiller broke down and it took about 13 1/2 hours to put a new shaft in it because it had to be milled at a machine shop and then put in there.
  • Off to one side is a modern CNC machine center, and the lathes and milling machines are of a newer vintage.
2.1 (usually as adjective milled) Produce regular ribbed markings on the edge of (a coin) as a protection against illegal clipping: a selection of hammered and milled coins
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  • It made coins with plain rather than milled or otherwise marked edges.
3 [no object] (mill about/around) (Of people or animals) move around in a confused mass: tourists were milling about in the lobby (as adjective milling) the milling crowds of guests
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  • The crowd was moving, milling around with boredom as they slowly began to disperse.
  • Adam slammed on the brakes when he got a glimpse of the animals milling around in a large lot.
  • The extras mill around, picture-perfect huddled masses wearing scarves and winter coats fresh from wardrobe.
Synonyms
throng, swarm, seethe, crowd, stream, surge
4Thicken (wool or another animal fibre) by fulling it: ordinary wool blankets are made by milling a woven wool fabric

Origin

Old English mylen, based on late Latin molinum, from Latin mola 'grindstone, mill', from molere 'to grind'.

Phrases

go (or put someone) through the mill

Undergo (or cause someone to undergo) an unpleasant experience: we have been through the mill, but it has been worth the fight
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  • However, their exertions in Yorkshire seemed to have caught up with them as Celtic put them through the mill from the kick-off.
  • All I've done is sit at a desk in a well-heated room, drinking coffee and eating chocolate, while I put Rebus through the mill for the umpteenth time.
  • If I'd known putting you through the mill would bring about this kind of improvement, I wouldn't have wasted all that time talking.

Derivatives

millable

adjective
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  • The trees themselves are so thick they'll never turn into millable timber.
  • That high conservation value land is also likely to be worth more in terms of millable trees.
  • Its producer members began the journey as a search for a market for processed, millable seed - a market that would provide the most value-added options for the lowest producer investment.

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There are 2 definitions of mill in English:

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noun

North American
A monetary unit used only in calculations, worth one thousandth of a dollar.
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  • A thick paper (and later a lightweight metal) coin with a round hole in the center, the mill was worth one-tenth of a cent.
  • Starting in 1933 the sales tax rate in Utah was 2% and each token was worth one mill, or a tenth of a cent.
  • I remember the mill, a piece of currency that was used for a few years near the end of World War II and just after.

Origin

late 18th century: from Latin millesimum 'thousandth part'; compare with cent.

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