from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person employed in a mill.

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  • n. a workman in a mill or factory


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  • “Eh, ma?” said a floury young mill-hand, and leant in passing over the garden gate.

    Ultima Thule

  • True, the conditions in the mills were dreadful and in them the terrible division between the poor mill-hand whites and the rural Negroes began to harden.

    The Little Foxes Revived

  • Sarah was so surprised at such a speech from a mill-hand that she found no words to reply; but when he had left her, by her desire, at the back of the house, she made her way to her room by the back-stairs, and taking up her favourite attitude on the wide window-seat, sat and gazed out over

    Sarah's School Friend

  • The Clay family was one of the many instances in Yorkshire of the mill-hand who rose from being a labourer to be the owner of a large mill and enormous wealth, and who gave to his children the education he had never received himself.

    Sarah's School Friend

  • Where a hundred are required three hundred besiege the doors, and from the time his mill is started, the owner, if he only has average business capacities, will clear £40 a year out of each mill-hand he employs.

    The Conquest of Bread

  • Even the jaded mill-hand asks for the congested variety entertainments of Blackpool or of Douglas, rather than for the solitudes of shore and woodland.

    The Cornwall Coast

  • As Fenbrook drew in his horse abruptly, the mill-hand jumped into the road, grabbed Dakota Joe's whip-hand, broke his hold on the reins, and dragged the Westerner out of the saddle.

    Ruth Fielding in the Great Northwest Or, The Indian Girl Star of the Movies

  • By the appearance of those she saw, she judged that the girls and women were mostly of the mill-hand class, and were from Middletown and

    How Janice Day Won

  • An account of Miss Larcom's youth up to the age of twenty-nine, which includes her experiences as a Lowell mill-hand.

    A Mother's List of Books for Children

  • The man who had pulled him out was, judging from his dress, a mill-hand: shivering with cold and perpetually brushing his hair from his brow, he began to tell us how he had succeeded.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 101, May, 1876


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