It’s a verb! It’s a noun! NO!
Or rather, yes... Both? it’s complicated.
Before diving too deep into milling history let us first take a look at how mills were defined, both today and in our historical period. Depending on whom you ask the term “Mill” has a multitude of meanings. To an architectural historian it may be an industrial building or complex. To a machinist it’s a verb referring to cutting down or working a piece of metal. To a welder it could be a place where steel and other metals are made. Let’s take a look at what dictionaries, both