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Definitions of millstone

  1. (figurative) something that hinders or handicaps; "she was an albatross around his neck" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. any load that is difficult to carry Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. One of two circular stones used for grinding grain or other substance. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. One of the two stones used in a mill for grinding grain. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. One of the stones between which grain is ground. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. One of a pair of stones for grinding. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. One of the grinding-stones of a mill. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for millstone

  1. Let them be afraid, if they will; for it were better for them that a millstone were hanged about their neck, and they were drowned in the midst of the sea. – The Good News of God by Charles Kingsley
  2. Women are all as hard as the nether millstone – Susanna and Sue by Kate Douglas Wiggin
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