Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A toll paid to a miller, mill-owner etc. for grinding corn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The toll for grinding grain.
  • n. A grist or grinding; the grain ground.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of grinding grain in a mill.
  • n. The quantity of grain ground at one time; a grist.
  • n. In Scots law, the toll or fee given, generally in kind, to the proprietor of a mill in return for the grinding of corn.

Etymologies

From Old French molture (modern mouture), from Medieval Latin molitura, from the past participle stem of molere ‘grind’. Compare mill. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • [Note: The multure was the regular exaction for grinding the meal.

    The Monastery

  • Above all, she could not understand why, since she had acquaintances in the family, and since the Dame Glendinning had always paid her multure and knaveship duly, the said lass of the mill had not come in to rest herself and eat a morsel, and tell her the current news of the water.

    The Monastery

  • Miller; “it is always best to be sure, as I say when I chance to take multure twice from the same meal-sack.”

    The Monastery

  • In the silver mines of Peru, we are told by Frezier and Ulloa, the proprietor frequently exacts no other acknowledgment from the undertaker of the mine, but that he will grind the ore at his mill, paying him the ordinary multure or price of grinding.

    XI. Book I. Of the Rent of Land

  • Took a load of corn and stole a half-bushel; mooter, or multure, is the toll of meal taken by the miller for grinding the corn: mooter-poke, or multure-pocket, is accordingly a nickname for a miller.

    Yorkshire Dialect Poems (1673-1915) and traditional poems

  • "It will not be the worse of another bolting," said the Miller; "it is always best to be sure, as I say when I chance to take multure twice from the same meal-sack."

    The Monastery

  • Kot many years ago, the multure, Uc. paid out of this farm was not near one half of what it is now, neither was the produce of it lels, however more.

    The statistical account of Scotland. Drawn up from the communications of the ministers of the different parishes

  • More than one-half of the pa - rift* pays the eleventh peck as multure, befides paying the miller for working or grinding their grain.

    The statistical account of Scotland. Drawn up from the communications of the ministers of the different parishes

  • Presbyterian trumpet as yoursell in the land, Mr. Cargill; and if ye will take a fule's advice, ye winna let the multure be ta'en by your ain mill, Mr.Cargill. "

    St. Ronan's Well

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  • Reesetee, do you want to add this to your "Measures" list? (See comment on fooillagh.)

    April 25, 2009