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

  • n. One of a pair of cylindrical stones used in a mill for grinding grain.
  • n. A heavy weight; a burden: This job is a millstone around my neck.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large round stone used for grinding grain.
  • n. A coarse-grained sandstone used for making such stones; millstone grit

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of two circular stones used for grinding grain or other substance in a mill{1}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of a pair of cylindrical stones used in a mill for grinding grain.

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

  • n. any load that is difficult to carry
  • n. (figurative) something that hinders or handicaps
  • n. one of a pair of heavy flat disk-shaped stones that are rotated against one another to grind the grain

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