• Earthenware milk pan, brass ladle, funnel fragment, and other items found which relate to dairying and cheesemaking
    Earthenware milk pan, brass ladle, funnel fragment, and other items found which relate to dairying and cheesemaking
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v milk take milk from female mammals "Cows need to be milked every morning"
    • v milk add milk to "milk the tea"
    • v milk exploit as much as possible "I am milking this for all it's worth"
    • n milk produced by mammary glands of female mammals for feeding their young
    • n milk a white nutritious liquid secreted by mammals and used as food by human beings
    • n milk any of several nutritive milklike liquids
    • n Milk a river that rises in the Rockies in northwestern Montana and flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Appointed Cows to Furnish Milk--4-51-500 Appointed Cows to Furnish Milk--4-51-500
A kitten watches as milk is poured from a jug into a bowl A kitten watches as milk is poured from a jug into a bowl
You need not cry over spilt milk You need not cry over spilt milk
milk bottle and bowl milk bottle and bowl
cupboard, milk, eggs, pan, etc cupboard, milk, eggs, pan, etc
milk, baking powder, bowl, etc milk, baking powder, bowl, etc

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average cow produces about 2,305 gallons of milk each year
    • Milk (Bot) A kind of juice or sap, usually white in color, found in certain plants; latex. See Latex.
    • Milk (Physiol) A white fluid secreted by the mammary glands of female mammals for the nourishment of their young, consisting of minute globules of fat suspended in a solution of casein, albumin, milk sugar, and inorganic salts. "White as morne milk ."
    • Milk An emulsion made by bruising seeds; as, the milk of almonds, produced by pounding almonds with sugar and water.
    • Milk (Zoöl) The ripe, undischarged spat of an oyster.
    • Milk To draw anything from, as if by milking; to compel to yield profit or advantage; to plunder. "They [the lawyers milk an unfortunate estate as regularly as a dairyman does his stock."
    • Milk To draw from the breasts or udder; to extract, as milk; as, to milk wholesome milk from healthy cows.
    • Milk To draw or press milk from the breasts or udder of, by the hand or mouth; to withdraw the milk of. "Milking the kine.""I have given suck, and know
      How tender 't is to love the babe that milks me."
    • Milk To draw or to yield milk.
    • Milk (Elec) To give off small gas bubbles during the final part of the charging operation; -- said of a storage battery.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Average number of squirts from a cow's udder needed to yield a gallon of milk : 345.
    • n milk A white or bluish-white liquid secreted by the mammary glands of the females of the class Mammalia, and drawn from their breasts for the nourishment of their young. It is opaque, with a slight peculiar odor and a bland sweetish taste. Its chemical constituents in different mammals are qualitatively alike, but quantitatively vary much, not only in different species, but also in different individuals, or even at different times in the same individual. The amount of water varies from about 80 to 90 per cent., the residue being composed of albuminoids (casein and lactopro-tein), fat, milk-sugar, and certain salts, chiefly phosphates. Under the microscope it appears as a clear transparent fluid, in which a large number of minute globules are suspended. When allowed rorest, these globules rise to the surface, forming a yellowish stratum, the cream, which consists main-ly of the fat, mixed with some casein, and retaining some serum. In the cow about 5 per cent. of the milk is cream, in the human female less, in the mare scarcely more than 1 per cent. By churning, the globules unite to form butter, leaving the buttermilk, which is essentially a solution of milk-sugar, with the salts and some casein and butter. The milk from which cream is separated is skimmed milk, which when left to itself (if not too cold) develops, from the action of a certain bacterium, lactic acid, which separates the casein in a coagulated condition called curds; the same effect is produced by some other acids, and by rennet, the prepared inner membrane of the stomach of a calf. The liquid separated from the coagulum is called whey, and contains chiefly milk-sugar and some salts. Cheese is prepared by coagulating milk with rennet, allowing the whey to separate, and adding salt to the curd. The specific gravity of both cow's and human milk is about 1.030. Human milk is always alkaline, cow's milk either alkaline or acid, while the milk of carnivora is always acid. Milk represents a complete or typical food, in which all the constituents necessary for maintaining the life and growth of the body are present. In rare instances milk, in greater or less abundance, is secreted by the mammary glands of the adult human male.
    • n milk Anything resembling milk in appearance, taste, etc., as the juice of the cocoanut and the sap of certain plants (see latex).
    • n milk The spat before it is discharged from an oyster.
    • n milk A slight cloudy opacity occurring in some diamonds.
    • n milk Milk which has undergone a special fermentation caused by a microbe, Bacterium cyanoyenum, which causes it to assume a blue color.
    • milk To press or draw milk from the breasts or udders of: as, to milk a cow.
    • milk To suck.
    • milk Figuratively, to drain the contents or the strength from: exhaust gradually: as, to milk a friend's purse; the soil has been milked of its fertility.
    • milk In racing slang, to bet against, as an owner against his horse when the horse is to be withdrawn, or cannot win, or is not to be allowed to win.
    • milk In telegraphy, to draw part of the current from (a wire) through an instrument without cutting the wire; read a message by placing an induction apparatus close to (the wire).
    • milk To supply with milk; feed with milk.
    • n milk An emulsion; any liquid which holds small particles of solid matter in suspension.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It takes, on average, 345 squirts from a cow’s udder to yield one gallon of milk.
    • v.t Milk milk to squeeze or draw milk from: to supply with milk
    • n Milk a white liquid secreted by female mammals for the nourishment of their young: a milk-like juice of certain plants
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  • Mary Lamb
    Mary Lamb
    “A child is fed with milk and praise.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother's milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Truth, Sir, is a cow which will yield such people no more milk, and so they are gone to milk the bull.”
  • Bob Dole
    Bob Dole
    “We know [smoking tobacco] is not good for kids, but a lot of other things aren't good. Drinking's not good. Some would say milk's not good.”
  • Greek Proverb
    Greek Proverb
    “Milk the cow, but do not pull off the udder.”


Don't cry over spilt milk - When something bad happens and nothing can be done to help it people say, 'Don't cry over spilt milk'.
It's no use crying over spilt milk - This idiom means that getting upset after something has gone wrong is pointless; it can't be changed so it should be accepted.
Milk run - A milk run is a short trip, stopping in a number of places.
Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free - This idiom is usually used to refer to men who don't want to get married, when they can get all the benefits of marriage without getting married.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. meoluc, meoloc, meolc, milc,; akin to OFries. meloc, D. melk, G. milch, OHG. miluh, Icel. mjōlk, Sw. mjölk, Dan. melk, Goth. miluks, G. melken, to milk, OHG. melchan, Lith. milszti, L. mulgere, Gr. 'ame`lgein. √107. Cf. Milch Emulsion Milt soft roe of fishes


In literature:

It contains no injurious substances, but sour milk should, as a rule, be avoided by dyspeptics.
"Health on the Farm" by H. F. Harris
Diet should be confined to toast, milk toast, milk, cold or boiled.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
Yet butter-milk is very different from common skimmed milk.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
Every cow had been milked, and the calves raised by hand so as to have the milk for the young pigs till the early corn could be gathered.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
There she saw an empty milk bottle.
"Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
One of the things I had not learned to understand was the difference between milk in a saucer on the floor, and milk in a jug on the table.
"Pussy and Doggy Tales" by Edith Nesbit
Raw Cereals and Raw Milk.
"Food for the Traveler" by Dora Cathrine Cristine Liebel Roper
Sick animals do not grow properly or, in the case of dairy animals, give much milk.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
Remove from the steamer and estimate the reaction of the milk (normal cows' milk averages +17).
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
Suppose there appears in a dairy an infectious milk trouble, such as bitter milk.
"Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition" by H. L. Russell

In poetry:

He stores the milk that feeds the babe,
He dulls the tortured nerve;
He gives a hundred joys of sense
Where few or none might serve.
"Religio Medici" by Arthur Conan Doyle
She mounted on her milk-white steed,
She's taen True Thomas up behind,
And aye wheneer her bride rung,
The steed flew swifter than the wind.
"Thomas The Rhymer" by Anonymous British
Thy crimson stockings all of silk,
With golde all wrought above the knee,
Thy pumps as white as was the milk
And yet thou wouldst not love me.
"Greensleeves" by Anonymous British
Our milk should all come from the sea,
But who, I ask, would want to be—
And here the proposition fails—
The milkmaid to a herd of Whales?
"The Whale" by Ellis Parker Butler
Why, when she gently proffers speech,
Do you ungently turn your head?
Since the same sire gave life to each;
With the same milk ye both were fed.
"The Duty Of A Brother" by Charles Lamb
“The milk-white sark that covered thee
A dear-bought token some should find.”
“Nay, no man may my borrow be,
My silken sark is left behind.”
"Love's Reward" by William Morris

In news:

KSUT will be featuring a second CD this Friday at 12:35 PM, in celebration of the 17th Annual Four Corners Folk Festival, this one from a little known, but wonderful duo called The Milk Carton Kids.
The Milk Carton Kids performed at Anthology on Oct 5.
The folk duo the Milk Carton Kids was joined by opener Leslie Stevens for a show in Little Italy.
Once Again, Milk Is A Cash Cow .
"The price of milk is going up astronomically".
Businesses are not serving up milk from the island's population of roaming buffalo.
Awesome talking with Angie from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board today, reminding us (needlessly) to bake with butter this Christmas.
Coconut milk or other nondairy milk for the almond milk.
" campaign, will help retailers increase milk sales with the " Chocolate Milk .
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- It's been 17 years, chocolate milk has branded itself with ordinary milk under the famous GOT MILK.
Milk production, chocolate milk consumption climb.
We prefer to use 2 percent milk in this recipe, although any type of milk (even skim) can be used, resulting in varying degrees of richness.
2 cups milk (plus 1 cup for serving) *almond milk or soy milk can be substituted.
Instead of trying to market all the milk the US dairy industry produces, it would be better to produce the milk it can market.
Kindred has been appointed to handle an integrated £3m brief for the UK launch of milk for consumers who are unable to drink normal milk.

In science:

She starts to drink milk and eat some fruit and cereal, when her Memex vibrates with a reminder message saying that the last time she ate fruit on the day of a training session, her stomach felt sick and she couldn’t run beyond 1.5 miles.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
This terminology goes back to a 1932 advertisement of Kellogg’s Rice Crispies which ‘merrily snap, crackle, and pop in a bowl of milk’.
Cosmic Jerk, Snap and Beyond
The half-life of the chemically separated barium fraction was measured by deflecting positrons into a counter tube with a permanent magnet. “Parentdaughter separations performed more than 24 hours after the bombardment failed to show any 129Cs activity whereas earlier milkings did show the activity.
Discovery of the Barium Isotopes
Later, Mpemba found that faster freezing of hot milk was known among ice cream producers, who prepared their products more quickly by this method. Therefore he started experiments with cooling again.
Mpemba Effect, Shechtman's Quasicrystals and Students' Exploring Activities
Ra to the time of milking, and plotting these extrapolated values against time of milking.
Discovery of the astatine, radon, francium, and radium isotopes