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Sense: 1-5
Origin: Old English mylen, from Late Latin molina, from Latin mola 'mill, millstone'
Sense: 6
Date: 1700-1800
Language: Latin
Origin: mille 'thousand'
Sense: 7
Date: 1900-2000
Origin: million


1 noun
Related topics: Currencies, Mechanical, Factories
mill1 W3 [countable]


a building containing a large machine for crushing grain into flour


a factory that produces materials such as cotton, cloth, or steel
cotton/steel/paper etc mill
an old Victorian cotton mill

coffee/pepper mill

DFU a small machine for crushing coffee or pepper

go through the mill

to go through a time when you experience a lot of difficulties and problems:
He's really been through the mill recently.

put somebody through the mill

to make someone answer a lot of difficult questions or do a lot of difficult things in order to test them:
It was a three day course and they really put us through the mill.


American EnglishPEC a unit of money equal to 1/10 of a cent, used in setting taxes and for other financial purposes


spoken a million:
Are you saying they paid a quarter of a mill for that house?

➔ (all) grist to the mill

at grist

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