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

  • n. One that designs, builds, or repairs mills or mill machinery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a person who designed, erected and built mills and milling machinery

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mechanic whose occupation is to build mills, or to set up their machinery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An engineer who designs, constructs, and erects mills, their motors, machinery, and appurtenances, particularly flouring-and grist-mills.

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

  • n. a workman who designs or erects mills and milling machinery


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  • "As the name suggests, the original function of a millwright was the construction of flour mills, sawmills, paper mills and fulling mills powered by water or wind, mostly of wood with a limited number of metal parts. Since both of these structures originated from antiquity, millwrighting could be considered, arguably, as one of the oldest engineering trades and the forerunner of the modern mechanical engineer.

    In modern usage, a millwright is engaged with the erection of machinery. This includes such tasks as leveling, aligning and installing machinery on foundations or base plates and setting, leveling and aligning electric motors or other power sources such as turbines with the equipment, which millwrights typically connect with some type of coupling."


    August 4, 2017