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Definition of "millstone" []

  • One of a pair of cylindrical stones used in a mill for grinding grain. (noun)
  • A heavy weight; a burden: This job is a millstone around my neck. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "millstone" in a sentence
  • "PLEASANT GROVE CITY, Utah — Across the street from City Hall here sits a small park with about a dozen donated buildings and objects — a wishing well, a millstone from the city’s first flour mill and an imposing red granite monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments."
  • "Piran is said to have journeyed across the seas on a millstone, which is a mythical way of saying that he brought his altar-stone with him."
  • "A few years back it was an axiom of the trade that the condition of the millstone was the key to successful milling."