Meaning of “mill” in the English Dictionary

"mill" in British English

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millnoun [ C ]

uk /mɪl/ us /mɪl/

a building where grain is crushed into flour

a small machine for crushing things into powder:

a pepper/coffee mill

More examples

  • When the large cog wheel engages (with the smaller one), the mill stone will start to go round.
  • A 200,000-acre forest site will be replanted with softwoods to supply the paper and pulp mill.
  • Working conditions/practices in the mill have hardly changed over the last 20 years.

millverb [ T ]

uk /mɪl/ us /mɪl/

(Definition of “mill” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mill" in American English

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millnoun [ C ]

us /mɪl/

a building with machinery for crushing grain into flour

A mill is also a factory where a particular materials or substances are processed:

a paper/steel mill

A mill is also a device for crushing a solid substance into powder:

a coffee/pepper mill

(Definition of “mill” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"mill" in Business English

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millnoun [ C ]

uk /mɪl/ us

PRODUCTION a factory where cloth, steel, paper, or wood is produced:

Developers are converting empty mills and warehouses into expensive apartments.

PRODUCTION a building where grain is crushed into flour:

Our family-run flour mill produces whole-wheat baking flour from organic grains.

disapproving a place that provides something in large quantities so that you can get it easily:

Diploma mills cheapen the hard work and effort that students put into successfully completing their education.
These puppy mills are large-scale breeding operations that have a reputation for abuse and filthy conditions.

millverb [ T ]

uk /mɪl/ us PRODUCTION

to cut metal or make it into a particular shape by using a special machine:

mill sth into sth The steel is milled into sheets, plates, bars, wire, and tubing.

to crush grain into flour or crush another substance into powder:

The grain is still milled locally.

(Definition of “mill” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)