What does Windmill mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. windmillnoun

    a mill that is powered by the wind

  2. windmill, aerogenerator, wind generatornoun

    generator that extracts usable energy from winds


  1. windmillnoun

    A machine which translates linear motion of wind to rotational motion by means of adjustable vanes called sails.

  2. windmillnoun

    The structure containing such machinery.

  3. windmillnoun

    A child's toy consisting of vanes mounted on a stick that rotate when blown by a person or by the wind.

  4. windmillnoun

    A dunk where the dunker swings his arm in a circular motion before throwing the ball through the hoop.

  5. windmillnoun

    A guitar move where the strumming hand mimics a turning windmill.

  6. windmillnoun

    The false shower.

  7. windmillverb

    To rotate (itself) with a sweeping motion.

    She ran down the hill, windmilling her arms with glee.

  8. windmillverb

    Of a rotating part of a machine, to (become disengaged and) rotate freely.

    The axle broke and the wheel windmilled in place briefly before careening through the wall.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Windmillnoun

    A mill turned by the wind.

    Etymology: wind and mill.

    We like Don Quixote do advance
    Against a windmill our vain lance. Edmund Waller.

    Such a sailing chariot might be more conveniently framed with moveable sails, whose force may be impressed from their motion, equivalent to those in a windmill. John Wilkins.

    Windmills grind twice the quantity in an hour that watermills do. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    His fancy has made a giant of a windmill, and he’s now engaging it. Francis Atterbury.


  1. Windmill

    A windmill is a structure that converts wind power into rotational energy using vanes called sails or blades, specifically to mill grain (gristmills), but the term is also extended to windpumps, wind turbines, and other applications, in some parts of the English speaking world. The term wind engine is sometimes used to describe such devices.Windmills were used throughout the high medieval and early modern periods; the horizontal or panemone windmill first appeared in Persia during the 9th century, and the vertical windmill first appeared in northwestern Europe in the 12th century. Regarded as an icon of Dutch culture, there are approximately 1,000 windmills in the Netherlands today.


  1. windmill

    A windmill is a structure that uses wind power to convert energy, typically into mechanical energy for tasks such as grinding grain or pumping water. It usually consists of a tall framework with large blades or sails that rotate when blown by the wind, driving a mechanism inside the mill. Today, a modern type of windmill, known as a wind turbine, is used to generate electricity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Windmillnoun

    a mill operated by the power of the wind, usually by the action of the wind upon oblique vanes or sails which radiate from a horizontal shaft


  1. Windmill

    A windmill is a machine that converts the energy of wind into rotational energy by means of vanes called sails. Originally, windmills were developed for milling grain for food production. In the course of history, the windmill machinery was adapted to many other industrial uses. An important non-milling use is to pump water, either for land drainage or to extract groundwater.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Windmill in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Windmill in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Windmill in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    I never understood wind. You know, I know windmills very much, they're noisy. They kill the birds. You want to see a bird graveyard ? Go under a windmill someday. You'll see more birds than you've ever seen in your life.

  2. Jay Parmley:

    When John Mosely’re the last Democrat standing, tilting at that windmill, that windmill is pretty hard.

  3. Rasmu Helveg Petersen:

    With Horns Rev 3, Denmark is making windmill history through realizing a significant reduction in the cost of establishing offshore wind farms, the low price is not just good for Denmark, but also for the international green transition.

  4. Donald Trump:

    If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 % in value, and they say the noise causes cancer.

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