Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mill for grinding grain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mill that grinds grain, especially grain brought by a farmer to be exchanged for the flour (less a percentage)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mill for grinding grain; especially, a mill for grinding grists, or portions of grain brought by different customers; a custom mill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mill for grinding grain by the grist, or for customers. See flouring-mill.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mill for grinding grain (especially the customer's own grain)

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Somehow or other he heard that there was a place on Swift River called the gristmill, where there was almost all the wheat in the world -- at least that is what Frisky heard.

    The Tale of Frisky Squirrel

  • In 1814, three clerks stuffed it into a linen sack and carried it to a gristmill in Virginia, which was fortunate, because the British burned Washington down.

    The travels of the Constitution

  • Each of them has the power to exert enormous influence over the gristmill through which government funding is pulverized into short and long term support.

    Dan Silverstein: The Future of Funding: Development Aid as an Investment

  • The lives of American troopers -- men and women -- are cruelly appropriated for the gristmill of domestic politics.

    Michael Vlahos: Mon General McChrystal

  • He left Morgan in 2004 and moved to Malvern, Pa., into the converted barracks of a 19th-century gristmill, while Alex stayed behind in their three-bedroom apartment on New York's Upper East Side.

    Downshift

  • He left Morgan in 2004 and moved to Malvern, Pennsylvania, into the converted barracks of a 19th-century gristmill, while Alex stayed behind in their three-bedroom apartment on New York's Upper East Side.

    Career Shifts from the Fast Lane

  • The colorful Amos Singletary, a onetime gristmill owner and a delegate from Sutton in Worcester County, said that not only were six-year terms too long, but that senators would “make themselves perpetual,” move their families with them out of the state, and have “high wages,” all of which would presumably further separate them from their constituents.

    Ratification

  • He also owned a ferry across the Potomac, a fishery, a gristmill that served his neighbors as well as his plantation, and a variety of “manufactories” that produced commodities for his plantation such as linen and woolen cloth that he would otherwise have had to purchase.21

    Ratification

  • But Morris did not let the land lie fallow; he raised a self-contained settlement that would eventually comprise farms and basic industry, including a quarry, a gristmill, a forge, ironworks, and a hat manufactory.

    Robert Morris

  • Forty years ago mary emma and Dan E. McConaughey built their dream house in Atlanta -- a glass-and-stone split-level set on a 5-acre wooded site with bog trails and a waterfall that once powered a gristmill.

    Renovation Revolution

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