Definitions for: Milk


[n] produced by mammary glands of female mammals for feeding their young
[n] a white nutritious liquid secreted by mammals and used as food by human beings
[n] any of several nutritive milklike liquids
[n] a river that rises in the Rockies in northwestern Montana and flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River
[v] take milk from female mammals; "Cows need to be milked every morning"
[v] add milk to; "milk the tea"
[v] exploit as much as possible; "I am milking this for all it's worth"



Webster (1913) Definition: Milk, n. [AS. meoluc, meoloc, meolc, milc; akin to
OFries. meloc, D. melk, G. milch, OHG. miluh, Icel. mj?ok,
Sw. mj["o]lk, Dan. melk, Goth. miluks, G. melken to milk,
OHG. melchan, Lith. milszti, L. mulgere, Gr. ?. ????. Cf.
Milch, Emulsion, Milt soft roe of fishes.]
1. (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.'' --Chaucer.

2. (Bot.) A kind of juice or sap, usually white in color,
found in certain plants; latex. See Latex.

3. An emulsion made by bruising seeds; as, the milk of
almonds, produced by pounding almonds with sugar and
water.

4. (Zo["o]l.) The ripe, undischarged spat of an oyster.

Condensed milk. See under Condense, v. t.

Milk crust (Med.), vesicular eczema occurring on the face
and scalp of nursing infants. See Eczema.

Milk fever.
(a) (Med.) A fever which accompanies or precedes the first
lactation. It is usually transitory.
(b) (Vet. Surg.) A form puerperal peritonitis in cattle;
also, a variety of meningitis occurring in cows after
calving.

Milk glass, glass having a milky appearance.

Milk knot (Med.), a hard lump forming in the breast of a
nursing woman, due to obstruction to the flow of milk and
congestion of the mammary glands.

Milk leg (Med.), a swollen condition of the leg, usually in
puerperal women, caused by an inflammation of veins, and
characterized by a white appearance occasioned by an
accumulation of serum and sometimes of pus in the cellular
tissue.

Milk meats, food made from milk, as butter and cheese.
[Obs.] --Bailey.

Milk mirror. Same as Escutcheon, 2.

Milk molar (Anat.), one of the deciduous molar teeth which
are shed and replaced by the premolars.

Milk of lime (Chem.), a watery emulsion of calcium hydrate,
produced by macerating quicklime in water.

Milk parsley (Bot.), an umbelliferous plant ({Peucedanum
palustre}) of Europe and Asia, having a milky juice.

Milk pea (Bot.), a genus (Galactia) of leguminous and,
usually, twining plants.

Milk sickness (Med.), a peculiar malignant disease,
occurring in some parts of the Western United States, and
affecting certain kinds of farm stock (esp. cows), and
persons who make use of the meat or dairy products of
infected cattle. Its chief symptoms in man are
uncontrollable vomiting, obstinate constipation, pain, and
muscular tremors. Its origin in cattle has been variously
ascribed to the presence of certain plants in their food,
and to polluted drinking water.

Milk snake (Zo["o]l.), a harmless American snake
(Ophibolus triangulus, or O. eximius). It is variously
marked with white, gray, and red. Called also {milk
adder}, chicken snake, house snake, etc.

Milk sugar. (Physiol. Chem.) See Lactose, and {Sugar of
milk} (below).

Milk thistle (Bot.), an esculent European thistle ({Silybum
marianum}), having the veins of its leaves of a milky
whiteness.

Milk thrush. (Med.) See Thrush.

Milk tooth (Anat.), one of the temporary first set of teeth
in young mammals; in man there are twenty.

Milk tree (Bot.), a tree yielding a milky juice, as the cow
tree of South America (Brosimum Galactodendron), and the
Euphorbia balsamifera of the Canaries, the milk of both
of which is wholesome food.

Milk vessel (Bot.), a special cell in the inner bark of a
plant, or a series of cells, in which the milky juice is
contained. See Latex.

Rock milk. See Agaric mineral, under Agaric.

Sugar of milk. The sugar characteristic of milk; a hard
white crystalline slightly sweet substance obtained by
evaporation of the whey of milk. It is used in pellets and
powder as a vehicle for homeopathic medicines, and as an
article of diet. See Lactose.


Milk, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Milked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Milking.]
1. To draw or press milk from the breasts or udder of, by the
hand or mouth; to withdraw the milk of. ``Milking the
kine.'' --Gay.

I have given suck, and know How tender 't is to love
the babe that milks me. --Shak.

2. To draw from the breasts or udder; to extract, as milk;
as, to milk wholesome milk from healthy cows.

3. To draw anything from, as if by milking; to compel to
yield profit or advantage; to plunder. --Tyndale.

They [the lawyers] milk an unfortunate estate as
regularly as a dairyman does his stock. --London
Spectator.

To milk the street, to squeeze the smaller operators in
stocks and extract a profit from them, by alternately
raising and depressing prices within a short range; --
said of the large dealers. [Cant]

To milk a telegram, to use for one's own advantage the
contents of a telegram belonging to another person. [Cant]


Milk, v. i.
To draw or to yield milk.


Milk, v. i.
1. To draw or to yield milk.

2. (Elec.) To give off small gas bubbles during the final
part of the charging operation; -- said of a storage
battery.

Synonyms: Milk River

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