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Which dimension is the “Throat” on a mill?

When they say the Z axis travel on a mill is 6” (as an example) where is the starting point? If we assume the 6” is at the maximum the spindle can go up when the spindle is at 0” does it touches the table or it stops “x” number of inches above the table?

When they say the Z axis travel on a mill is 6” (as an example) where is the starting point? If we assume the 6” is at the maximum the spindle can go up when the spindle is at 0” does it touches the table or it stops “x” number of inches above the table?

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