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milling

[mil-ing] /ˈmɪl ɪŋ/
noun
1.
an act or instance of subjecting something to the operation of a mill.
2.
an act or process of producing plane or shaped surfaces with a milling machine.
3.
Coining.
  1. an act or process of making a raised edge on a coin or the like.
  2. an act or process of making narrow, radial grooves on such a raised edge.
  3. a number of grooves so made.
4.
Slang. a beating or thrashing.
Origin
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English. See mill1, -ing1

mill1

[mil] /mɪl/
noun
1.
a factory for certain kinds of manufacture, as paper, steel, or textiles.
2.
a building equipped with machinery for grinding grain into flour and other cereal products.
3.
a machine for grinding, crushing, or pulverizing any solid substance:
a coffee mill.
4.
any of various machines that modify the shape or size of a workpiece by rotating tools or the work:
rolling mill.
5.
any of various other apparatuses for shaping materials or performing other mechanical operations.
6.
a business or institution that dispenses products or services in an impersonal or mechanical manner, as if produced in a factory:
a divorce mill; a diploma mill.
7.
Machinery. a cutter on a milling machine.
8.
a steel roller for receiving and transferring an impressed design, as to a calico-printing cylinder or a banknote-printing plate.
9.
Mining. a place or set of machinery for crushing or concentrating ore.
10.
Slang. a boxing match or fistfight.
verb (used with object)
11.
to grind, work, treat, or shape in or with a mill.
12.
Coining.
  1. to make a raised edge on (a coin or the like).
  2. to make narrow, radial grooves on the raised edge of (a coin or the like).
13.
to beat or stir, as to a froth:
to mill chocolate.
14.
Slang. to beat or strike; fight; overcome.
verb (used without object)
15.
to move around aimlessly, slowly, or confusedly, as a herd of cattle (often followed by about or around).
16.
Slang. to fight or box.
Idioms
17.
through the mill, Informal. undergoing or having undergone severe difficulties, trials, etc., especially with an effect on one's health, personality, or character:
He's really been through the mill since his wife's death.
Origin
before 950; Middle English milne, mille (noun), Old English myl(e)n < Late Latin molīna, noun use of feminine of molīnus of a mill, equivalent to Latin mol(a) mill + -īnus -ine1
Synonyms
15. crowd, wander, roam, teem.
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Examples from the web for milling
  • Scientific personalities will never be respected by the milling mindless, idiots that surround them.
  • There are a few different milling techniques for different weights or such.
  • The bureaucracy has turned us into diplomas-milling robots.
  • Then they heat and crush the nibs between large milling wheels.
  • Any driver who has been stuck behind a milling machine has seen pavement recycling in action.
  • There were no people milling around or pots and pans around fireplaces or clothing hanging on lines.
  • True, there were a lot of dinosaurs milling around and no people, but not a lot has changed since then.
  • The addition of iron to white flour, for example, replaces the iron lost during the milling of whole wheat.
  • Marshals tried to keep the milling thousands out of the work in progress.
  • They are also examining ways to enhance the performance of milling tools by using nanotechnology in their coatings.
British Dictionary definitions for milling

milling

/ˈmɪlɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act or process of grinding, cutting, pressing, or crushing in a mill
2.
the vertical grooves or fluting on the edge of a coin, etc
3.
(in W North America) a method of halting a stampede of cattle by turning the leaders in a wide arc until the herd turns in upon itself in a tightening spiral

mill1

/mɪl/
noun
1.
a building in which grain is crushed and ground to make flour
2.
a factory, esp one which processes raw materials: a steel mill
3.
any of various processing or manufacturing machines, esp one that grinds, presses, or rolls
4.
any of various small hand mills used for grinding pepper, salt, or coffee for domestic purposes See also coffee mill, pepper mill
5.
a hard roller for impressing a design, esp in a textile-printing machine or in a machine for printing banknotes
6.
a system, institution, etc, that influences people or things in the manner of a factory: going through the educational mill
7.
an unpleasant experience; ordeal (esp in the phrases go or be put through the mill)
8.
a fist fight
9.
run of the mill, ordinary or routine
verb
10.
(transitive) to grind, press, or pulverize in or as if in a mill
11.
(transitive) to process or produce in or with a mill
12.
to cut or roll (metal) with or as if with a milling machine
13.
(transitive) to groove or flute the edge of (a coin)
14.
(intransitive; often foll by about or around) to move about in a confused manner
15.
(usually transitive) (rare) to beat (chocolate, etc)
16.
(archaic, slang) to fight, esp with the fists
Derived Forms
millable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English mylen from Late Latin molīna a mill, from Latin mola mill, millstone, from molere to grind

mill2

/mɪl/
noun
1.
a US and Canadian monetary unit used in calculations, esp for property taxes, equal to one thousandth of a dollar
Word Origin
C18: short for Latin mīllēsimum a thousandth (part)

Mill

/mɪl/
noun
1.
James. 1773–1836, Scottish philosopher, historian, and economist. He expounded Bentham's utilitarian philosophy in Elements of Political Economy (1821) and Analysis of the Phenomena of the Human Mind (1829) and also wrote a History of British India (1817–18)
2.
his son, John Stuart. 1806–73, English philosopher and economist. He modified Bentham's utilitarian philosophy in Utilitarianism (1861) and in his treatise On Liberty (1859) he defended the rights and freedom of the individual. Other works include A System of Logic (1843) and Principles of Political Economy (1848)
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Word Origin and History for milling
n.

"act or business of grinding in a mill," mid-15c., verbal noun from mill (v.1).

mill

n.

"building fitted to grind grain," Old English mylen "a mill" (10c.), an early Germanic borrowing from Late Latin molina, molinum "mill" (source of French moulin, Spanish molino), originally fem. and neuter of molinus "pertaining to a mill," from Latin mola "mill, millstone," related to molere "to grind," from PIE *mele-, *mel- "to crush, grind," with derivatives referring to ground material and tools for grinding (cf. Greek myle "mill;" see mallet).

Also from Late Latin molina, directly or indirectly, are German Mühle, Old Saxon mulin, Old Norse mylna, Danish mølle, Old Church Slavonic mulinu. Broader sense of "grinding machine" is attested from 1550s. Other types of manufacturing machines driven by wind or water, whether for grinding or not, began to be called mills by early 15c. Sense of "building fitted with industrial machinery" is from c.1500.

"one-tenth cent," 1786, an original U.S. currency unit but now used only for tax calculation purposes, shortening of Latin millesimum "one-thousandth," from mille "a thousand" (see million). Formed on the analogy of cent, which is short for Latin centesimus "one hundredth" (of a dollar).

v.

"to grind," 1550s, from mill (n.1). Related: milled; milling.

"to keep moving round and round in a mass," 1874 (implied in milling), originally of cattle, from mill (n.1) on resemblance to the action of a mill wheel. Related: Milled.

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Slang definitions & phrases for milling

mill 1

noun

A million dollars: That'll cost the government a cool six mill (1955+)


mill 2

noun
  1. A prizefight: the night of the KO Kelly mill (1842+ Prizefighting)
  2. A military prison or guardhouse (WWI armed forces)
  3. A car or motorcycle engine: Has it got the magnum mill?/ They both chuckled and fired up their mills (1918+)
  4. A car: A squirrel is a reckless driver of a mill (automobile) (1950s+ Teenagers)
  5. A locomotive (1925+ Railroad)
  6. A typewriter (1919+ Newspaper office)
Related Terms

gin mill, go through the mill, grog-mill, rumor mill, run-of-the-mill, through the mill


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milling in the Bible

for grinding corn, mentioned as used in the time of Abraham (Gen. 18:6). That used by the Hebrews consisted of two circular stones, each 2 feet in diameter and half a foot thick, the lower of which was called the "nether millstone" (Job 41:24) and the upper the "rider." The upper stone was turned round by a stick fixed in it as a handle. There were then no public mills, and thus each family required to be provided with a hand-mill. The corn was ground daily, generally by the women of the house (Isa. 47:1, 2; Matt. 24:41). It was with the upper stone of a hand-mill that "a certain woman" at Thebez broke Abimelech's skull (Judg. 9:53, "a piece of a millstone;" literally, "a millstone rider", i.e., the "runner," the stone which revolves. Comp. 2 Sam. 11:21). Millstones could not be pledged (Deut. 24:6), as they were necessary in every family.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with milling
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