from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mill for grinding grain, pepper, coffee, etc., worked by hand, as distinguished from those driven by steam, water, or other power; specifically, a quern (as in the extract).


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  • “The hand-mill gives you society with the feudal lord; the steam-mill society with the industrial capitalist.”

    The Nature of Technology

  • Marx's simple formula, "the hand-mill gives you the feudal lord" (German Ideology) makes scientific knowledge impossible; likewise with Karl Mannheim's deterministic sociology of knowledge (Ideology And Utopia).

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  • Now rolled the thunder, then flashed the lightning; that from the noise of the hand-mill, this from the reflection of the candle; when thought the parrot to herself,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • “But, if I sell it, I will have the hand-mill which is standing there behind the door.”

    The Blue Fairy Book

  • “Oh! I could not come before; I had something of importance to see about, and a long way to go, too; but now you shall just see!” said the man, and then he set the hand-mill on the table, and bade it first grind light, then a table-cloth, and then meat, and beer, and everything else that was good for a

    The Blue Fairy Book

  • “From behind the door,” said he who owned the mill, for he did not choose to satisfy his brother on that point; but later in the evening, when he had taken a drop too much, he could not refrain from telling how he had come by the hand-mill.

    The Blue Fairy Book

  • When the man came out again into the yard, he asked the old wood-cutter how he was to stop the hand-mill, and when he had learned that, he thanked him and set off home with all the speed he could, but did not get there until after the clock had struck twelve on Christmas Eve.

    The Blue Fairy Book

  • At first they would not hear to this, and haggled and bargained with the man, but he stuck to what he had said, and the people were forced to give him the hand-mill.

    The Blue Fairy Book

  • This small edifice includes two holy places: in one is a hole, similar to that in the Mouled el Neby, to mark the place where Fatme was born; and just by is another, of smaller depth, where she is said to have turned her hand-mill, or rahha, after she was grown up.

    Travels in Arabia

  • There are water mills in Sky and Raasa; but where they are too far distant, the house-wives grind their oats with a quern, or hand-mill, which consists of two stones, about a foot and a half in diameter; the lower is a little convex, to which the concavity of the upper must be fitted.

    A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland


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