Definitions

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

  • n. The rapid stream of water flowing in a millrace.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The water that runs through a millrace to power a mill.

Etymologies

mill +‎ stream (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ahead the rushing of the millstream was a faint thunder in the murky semidark.

    Ishmael

  • Earlier, three canoeists wended along the quiet millstream on the outgoing tide – passing marsh marigolds and partially submerged trunks of silvery willows towards reed beds, with spears of new growth and the scratchy song of returned sedge warblers.

    Country Diary: St Dominic, Tamar Valley

  • Eat In nearby Boshum, the Millstream's millstream.com £50 tasting menu features roquefort mousse with pickled pears, smoked haddock and leek ravioli, summer fruit and elderflower trifle.

    Five great beach weekends

  • The gilded leaves of magnolia, sweet chestnut and tulip trees gleam within Cotehele's demesne and, above the millstream tributary, can be seen the yellow tops of larch, planted 30 years ago.

    Country diary: Tamar Valley

  • The setting is a location remarkably like Grange Farm, where “through the open window the unhappy couple could hear the water in the millstream going over the dam far down the valley.”

    Storyteller

  • In the bottom of Radland valley, along the millstream, overgrown laurel and box hedges sprawl beneath the weight of snow and will remain in shadow all day.

    Country diary: St Dominic, Tamar Valley

  • He said, ‘Biddy Early’s cure that you heard of, between the two wheels of Ballylee, it was the moss on the water of the millstream.

    Later Articles and Reviews

  • It is almost as though it is running under its own momentum, or a millstream runs beneath the floor to power it.

    Wildwood

  • We were quartered in dormitories in the lodge, which, being miles from anywhere, was lit by electricity generated by an ingenious waterwheel in the millstream.

    Wildwood

  • We spread out rugs and cushions in the orchard beside the millstream as it grew dark and watched the stars come out, very clear and apparently close in the mountain air.

    Wildwood

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