Definition of gristmill in US English:



  • A mill for grinding grain.

    • ‘In 1746 a gristmill was established on the site, which survived in use until 1866, when it was moved and continued to grind for many more years.’
    • ‘Soon the gristmills were no longer needed except in occasional places where they were used to grind livestock feed.’
    • ‘The demand for grain was increasing and the gristmills were unable to keep up with the production.’
    • ‘His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste.’
    • ‘Salt farms and gristmills dotted the coastline, their windmills tapping the sea breezes for energy.’