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Meaning of MILLSTONE

Pronunciation:  'milstown

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  one of a pair of heavy flat disk-shaped stones that are rotated against one another to grind the grain
  2. [n]  any load that is difficult to carry
  3. [n]  (figurative) something that hinders or handicaps; "she was an albatross around his neck"

MILLSTONE is a 9 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: albatross
 See Also: balk, baulk, burden, check, deterrent, gristmill, handicap, hindrance, impediment, load, loading, stone



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mill"stone`\, n.
One of two circular stones used for grinding grain or other

      No man shall take the nether or the upper millstone to
      pledge.                                  --Deut. xxiv.

Note: The cellular siliceous rock called buhrstone is usually
      employed for millstones; also, some kinds of lava, as
      that Niedermendig, or other firm rock with rough
      texture. The surface of a millstone has usually a
      series of radial grooves in which the powdered material

{Millstone girt} (Geol.), a hard and coarse, gritty
   sandstone, dividing the Carboniferous from the
   Subcarboniferous strata. See {Farewell rock}, under
   {Farewell}, a., and Chart of {Geology}.

{To see} {into, or through, {a millstone}, to see into or
   through a difficult matter. (Colloq.)

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