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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
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British Dictionary definitions for millings

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
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Word Origin and History for millings

milling

n.

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

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