from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mill for grinding corn. More generally called a grist-mill.
  • n. A small mill with a runner and concave of iron, used for grinding Indian corn on the cob for feeding stock.


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  • I shall not be happy till I have made it up: I never am happy till I am friends with my neighbours; so to-morrow I must make a pilgrimage to Royd corn-mill, soothe the miller, and praise the grain; and next day I must call at De Walden - where I hate to go - and carry in my reticule half an oat-cake to give to Mr. Sam's favourite pointers. '

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • One of the brooks turns a corn-mill, and at least one produces trouts.

    A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland

  • Recently I saw in a paper a picture of the last decrepitude of the once thriving corn-mill beside its pool that long ago seemed to me so important.

    The Fellowship of the Ring

  • The Lincoln homestead in Indiana, in 1820-23, had at the first the primitive corn-mill in the Indian fashion -- a burnt-out block with a pounder rigged to a well-sweep.

    The Lincoln Story Book

  • With equal energy and success it will flow north or south; it will turn a corn-mill, or a threshing-machine, or a grindstone.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 49, November, 1861

  • The greatest of his benefactions to his neighbors were: His corn-mill erected in 1654, and his saw-mill in 1659.

    The Bay State Monthly — Volume 2, No. 5, February, 1885

  • Huge factories and foundries rise from the banks of the stream; the ford is spanned by a substantial bridge; the corn-mill has disappeared, and so have the rheumatic-looking old mossy cottages.

    True to his Colours The Life that Wears Best

  • He was superintending the erection of a new corn-mill, and whilst seeing to its being properly started, incautiously stretched his arm over two cog-wheels.

    Robert Moffat The Missionary Hero of Kuruman

  • On Sunday afternoons colliers and potters, gathered round the jawbone of a whale which then stood as a natural curiosity on the waste space near the corn-mill, would discuss the fray, and make bets for next

    Tales of the Five Towns

  • The early years of the nineteenth century looked on no more characteristic farmhouse than that where dwelt Diarmid Garland and his brood, on the bank above the swift-running water-race which turned the corn-mill with such deftness that people came from as far as Stranryan to admire.



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