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Noun: mile  mI(-u)l
  1. A unit of length equal to 1,760 yards or 5,280 feet; exactly 1609.344 meters
    - statute mile, stat mi, land mile, international mile, mi
     
  2. A unit of length used in navigation; exactly 1,852 meters; historically based on the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude
    - nautical mile, mi, naut mi, knot, international nautical mile, air mile
     
  3. A large distance
    "he missed by a mile"
     
  4. A former British unit of length once used in navigation; equivalent to 6,000 feet (1828.8 meters)
    - sea mile
     
  5. A former British unit of length equivalent to 6,080 feet (1,853.184 meters); 800 feet longer than a statute mile
    - nautical mile, naut mi, mi, geographical mile, Admiralty mile
     
  6. An ancient Roman unit of length equivalent to 1620 yards
    - Roman mile
     
  7. A Swedish unit of length equivalent to 10 km
    - mil, Swedish mile
     
  8. A footrace extending one mile
    "he holds the record in the mile"

Derived forms: miles

Type of: large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity, linear measure, linear unit, nautical linear unit, track event

Part of: league

Encyclopedia: Mile