(Milch) a. [OE. milche; akin to G. melk, Icel. milkr, mjolkr, and to E. milk. See Milk.]
1. Giving milk; now applied only to beasts. "Milch camels." Gen. xxxii. "Milch kine." Shak.
2. Tender; pitiful; weeping. [Obs.] Shak.
(Mild) a. [Compar. Milder ; superl. Mildest.] [AS. milde; akin to OS. mildi, D. & G. mild, OHG.
milti, Icel. mildr, Sw. & Dan. mild, Goth. milds; cf. Lith. melas dear, Gr. gladdening gifts.] Gentle; pleasant; kind; soft; bland; clement; hence,
moderate in degree or quality; the opposite of harsh, severe, irritating, violent, disagreeable, etc.;
applied to persons and things; as, a mild disposition; a mild eye; a mild air; a mild medicine; a mild
The rosy morn resigns her lightWaller.
And milder glory to the noon.
Adore him as a mild and merciful Being.Rogers. Mild, or Low, steel, steel that has but little carbon in it and is not readily hardened.
Syn. Soft; gentle; bland; calm; tranquil; soothing; pleasant; placid; meek; kind; tender; indulgent; clement; mollifying; lenitive; assuasive.
(Mild"en) v. t. To make mild, or milder. Lowell.
(Mil"dew) n. [AS. meledeáw; akin to OHG. militou, G. mehlthau, mehltau; prob. orig. meaning,
honeydew; cf. Goth. milip honey. See Mellifluous, and Dew.] (Bot.) A growth of minute powdery or
webby fungi, whitish or of different colors, found on various diseased or decaying substances.
(Mil"dew), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mildewed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Mildewing.] To taint with mildew.
He . . . mildews the white wheat.Shak.
(Mil"dew), v. i. To become tainted with mildew.
(Mild"ly) adv. In a mild manner.
(Mild"ness), n. The quality or state of being mild; as, mildness of temper; the mildness of the
(Mile) n. [AS. mil, fr. L. millia, milia; pl. of mille a thousand, i. e., milia passuum a thousand
paces. Cf. Mill the tenth of a cent, Million.] A certain measure of distance, being equivalent in England
and the United States to 320 poles or rods, or 5,280 feet.
The distance called a mile varies greatly in different countries. Its length in yards is, in Norway, 12,182; in
Brunswick, 11,816; in Sweden, 11,660; in Hungary, 9,139; in Switzerland, 8,548; in Austria, 8,297; in Prussia,
8,238; in Poland, 8,100; in Italy, 2,025; in England and the United States, 1,760; in Spain, 1,552; in the
Geographical, or Nautical mile, one sixtieth of a degree of a great circle of the earth, or 6080.27 feet.
Mile run. Same as Train mile. See under Train. Roman mile, a thousand paces, equal to
1,614 yards English measure. Statute mile, a mile conforming to statute, that is, in England and
the United States, a mile of 5,280 feet, as distinguished from any other mile.
1. An allowance for traveling expenses at a certain rate per mile.