from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Architecture A convex decorative molding having parallel strips resembling thin reeds.
  • noun Parallel grooves cut into the edge of a coin at right angles to the faces.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Thatching.
  • noun In architecture, a series of small convex or beaded moldings designed for ornament; also, the convex fluting or cabling characterizing some types of column.
  • noun The milling on the edge of a coin.
  • noun In silk-weaving. See the quotation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Arch.) A small convex molding; a reed (see Illust. (i) of molding); one of several set close together to decorate a surface; also, decoration by means of reedings; -- the reverse of fluting.
  • noun The nurling on the edge of a coin; -- commonly called milling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Decorative moulding of parallel strips that resemble reeds.
  • noun Milling on the edge of a coin.
  • verb Present participle of reed.


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  • The grooved notch pattern on the edge of some coins.

    April 23, 2008