"Mill" Definition

Definitions for the word "Mill" from multiple English dictionaries.

1. n.
1 a building fitted with a mechanical device for grinding corn. B such a device. 2 device for grinding any solid to powder etc. (pepper-mill). 3 a building fitted with machinery for manufacturing processes etc. (cotton-mill). B such machinery. v. 1 grind (corn), produce (flour), or hull (seeds) in a mill. 2 (esp. As milled adj.) Produce a ribbed edge on (a coin). 3 cut or shape (metal) with a rotating tool. 4 (often foll. By about, around) move aimlessly, esp. In a confused mass. go (or put) through the mill undergo (or cause to undergo) intensive work, pain, training, etc. [latin molo grind]
Source: Oxford English Dictionary, 1884
2. slang
a fight, or set to. _Ancient Cant_, MYLL, to rob. Probably from the special opportunities afforded to pickpockets when the ring was a “national institution.”
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864
3. slang
to fight or beat.
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864
4. slang
the old Insolvent Debtors’ Court. “To go through the MILL” was equivalent to being “whitewashed.”
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864
5. slang
the tread-MILL.
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864

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