• Chased by millstone
    Chased by millstone
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n millstone one of a pair of heavy flat disk-shaped stones that are rotated against one another to grind the grain
    • n millstone any load that is difficult to carry
    • n millstone (figurative) something that hinders or handicaps "she was an albatross around his neck"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Millstone One of two circular stones used for grinding grain or other substance in a mill{1}.☞ 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 collects. "No man shall take the nether or the upper millstone to pledge."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n millstone One of a pair of cylindrical stones used in a mill for grinding grain. The kind of stone best adapted for this use is known as burstone, and is found in France and in Georgia. U. S. The two stones are placed one over the other; and in the operation of grinding one of them remains at rest and is called the bed, while the other, usually the upper stone, revolves and is called the runner. (See mill, 1.) The face of a millstone is cut with lines or channels called furrows, which lead from the center to the circumference and have flat spaces between them called land. The furrows and land are together called the dress; they are arranged in various ways. A sunken space about the eye of the stone is called the bosom.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Millstone one of the two stones used in a mill for grinding corn
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  • Bible
    “It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Luke 17:2]”
  • Graham Greene
    “Against the beautiful and the clever and the successful, one can wage a pitiless war, but not against the unattractive: then the millstone weighs on the breast.”


Millstone round your neck - A millstone around your neck is a problem that prevents you from doing what you want to do.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. miln—L. mola, a mill—molāre, to grind.


In literature:

I am like one between two millstones, which will grind me to powder if I do not look to it.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 2 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
There's Uncle Chunk Craft on Millstone Creek in Letcher County.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
I am only a millstone about your neck.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
A broad cylindrical piece of elm, resembling a millstone, and fixed immediately above the barrel and whelps.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
It was like asking a millstone to pirouette.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
Soil is said to be "rock ground to meal by Nature's millstones".
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Two months ago you did not know him, and now you are a millstone round his neck.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Her eyes can even through a millstone pierce.
"Turandot: The Chinese Sphinx" by Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller
The material cares of life hang about your neck like a millstone.
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
We're between two millstones, and I see no way out.
"A Pessimist" by Robert Timsol

In poetry:

The heart within his bosom
Was as a millstone hard;
His eye was cold and cruel,
His face was frozen lard.
"The Dove" by Victor James Daley
He said, and dreadful as he stood,
He sunk the millstone in the flood:
"Thus terribly shall Babel fall,
Thus, and no more be found at all."
"Hymn 59" by Isaac Watts
The miller dreams not at what cost
The quivering millstones hum and whirl,
Nor how for every turn are tost
Armfuls of diamond and of pearl.
"Beaver Brook" by James Russell Lowell
The gabled porch, with woodbine green,--
The broken millstone at the sill,--
Though many a rood might stretch between,
The truant child could see them still.
"The Crooked Footpath" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Quern-biter of Hakon the Good,
Wherewith at a stroke he hewed
The millstone through and through,
And Foot-breadth of Thoralf the Strong,
Were neither so broad nor so long,
Nor so true."
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XII. -- King Olaf's Chri" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The current of water carries the corpse of the miller,
And the mad flour-mill turns vainly, like an empty coffin.
Grinding the horror, the wailing, the death of all that surrounds it,
Madly it turns, gnawing at its millstone and wheels.
"The Starving" by Atom Yarjanian

In news:

Millstone built Pruitt-Igoe and outlived it.
Will a Milestone Turn Into a Millstone .
Millstone nuclear power plant in Waterford.
The seeds are harvested from pumpkins in the fall, dried and roasted on millstones and pressed.
File photo of the Millstone nuclear power facility in Waterford, Connecticut.
Warm Seawater Forces Millstone Plant Shutdown.
NRC says Millstone violated safety requirements.
Millstone owner being honored at Operation Fuel 35th anniversary.
Her grandparents are Anthony and Celia Lacina, West Wyoming and Carlos and Luisa Costa , Millstone Township, N.J.
For most of his presidency, the unemployment rate hung like a millstone around President Obama's neck.
Acoustics, 9 pm Jimmy Joy's Log Cabin Inn, Millstone Road, Hancock 301-678-5670.
NRC says Millstone violated safety requirements.
A boil water order is in effect for many Millstone Water customers.
Gravel family proves mining isn't a millstone.
Will a Milestone Turn Into a Millstone.

In science:

Erickson (2000), Simultaneous observations of E-region coherent backscatter and electric field amplitude at F-region heights with the Millstone Hill UHF radar, Geophys.
Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling Through E-region Turbulence 1: Energy Budget