Definition of mill noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//mɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɪl//
    Buildings, Manufacturing
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  1. 1 a building fitted with machinery for grinding grain into flour see also watermill, windmill See related entries: Buildings
  2. 2 (often in compounds) a factory that produces a particular type of material a cotton/cloth/steel/paper mill mill owners/workers Synonymsfactoryplant mill works yard workshop foundryThese are all words for buildings or places where things are made or where industrial processes take place.factory a building or group of buildings where goods are made:a chocolate/​cigarette/​clothing factoryplant a factory or place where power is produced or an industrial process takes place:a nuclear power plant a manufacturing plantmill a factory that produces a particular type of material:a cotton/​paper/​textile/​woollen millworks (often in compounds) a place where things are made or an industrial process takes place:a brickworks a steelworks Raw materials were carried to the works by barge.yard (usually in compounds) an area of land used for building something:a shipyardworkshop a room or building in which things are made or repaired using tools or machinery:a car repair workshopfoundry a factory where metal or glass is melted and made into different shapes or objects:an iron foundryPatterns a car/​chemical/​munitions factory/​plant an engineering plant/​works to manage/​run a factory/​plant/​mill/​works/​yard/​workshop/​foundry to work in/​at a factory/​plant/​mill/​yard/​workshop/​foundry factory/​mill/​foundry owners/​managers/​workers see also rolling mill, sawmill See related entries: Buildings, Manufacturing
  3. 3 (often in compounds) a small machine for crushing or grinding a solid substance into powder a pepper mill see also run-of-the-mill, treadmill
  4. Word OriginOld English mylen, based on late Latin molinum, from Latin mola ‘grindstone, mill’, from molere ‘to grind’.Extra examples The mill can be seen grinding wheat. The mill has been converted into apartments. The river was harnessed to drive many mills. a northern mill town a cotton/​paper/​textile/​woollen millIdioms
    go through the mill, put somebody through the mill
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    to have or make somebody have a difficult time They really put me through the mill in my interview.
    (all) grist to the/somebody’s mill (British English) (North American English (all) grist for the/somebody’s mill)
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    something that is useful to somebody for a particular purpose Political sex scandals are all grist to the mill of the tabloid newspapers.
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