American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A unit of length equal to 5,280 feet or 1,760 yards (1,609 meters), used in the United States and other English-speaking countries. Also called land mile, statute mile. See Table at measurement.
- n. A nautical mile.
- n. An air mile.
- n. Sports A race that is one mile long.
- n. A relatively great distance: had to walk for miles in the airport.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An itinerary measure, modified from that of the Romans, which was equal to 1,617 English yards: used in the British empire, in the United States, and, formerly, in most European countries. The ordinary or statute mile is equal to 8 furlongs = 320 perches or poles = 1,760 yards = 5,280 feet; it was rendered legal by a statute of the thirty-fifth year of Elizabeth's reign, which prohibited building within three miles of London. This mile was probably intended to be about the length of a minute on the earth's surface, but the perch, of which it is an exact multiple, already existed. The square mile is 6.400 square chains, or 640 acres. The nautical or geographical mile has been variously defined: see phrase below. The medieval English mile (divided into 10 furlongs) was equal to 6,610 feet or 2,015 meters. The old London mile was 5,000 feet. The miles of continental Europe were of the most various lengths, and mostly represented, as it would seem, multiples of some modified Roman mile. The ancient Scottish mile was 1,976 yards = 1.123 English miles; the Irish mile, 2,240 yards = 1.273 English miles (11 Irish miles being 14 English miles). The Welsh mile was nearly. 4 miles English. The following table shows the values of some of the principal miles in meters:
- A contraction of Mademoiselle.
- n. A Roman unit of measure equal to 1000 (double) steps (mille passus or mille passuum) or 5000 Roman feet (approx. 1480m).
- n. A track race of one mile in length; sometimes used to refer to the 1500m race.
- n. slang A great distance.
- n. informal One mile per hour, as a measure of speed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A certain measure of distance, being equivalent in England and the United States to 320 poles or rods, or 5,280 feet.
- n. a unit of length used in navigation; exactly 1,852 meters; historically based on the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude
- n. a Swedish unit of length equivalent to 10 km
- n. a former British unit of length once used in navigation; equivalent to 6,000 feet (1828.8 meters)
- n. a large distance
- n. an ancient Roman unit of length equivalent to 1620 yards
- n. a former British unit of length equivalent to 6,080 feet (1,853.184 meters); 800 feet longer than a statute mile
- n. a unit of length equal to 1,760 yards or 5,280 feet; exactly 1609.344 meters
- n. a footrace extending one mile
- Old English mīl, from a Germanic borrowing of Latin mīlia, mīllia, plural of mīle, mīlle ("mile") (literally ‘thousand’ but used as a short form of mille passus ‘a thousand paces’). Cognate with Dutch mijl, German Meile. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English mīl, from Latin mīlia (passuum), a thousand (double paces), a Roman mile, pl. of mīlle, thousand; see gheslo- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Population in 1860, remaining the same per Population in 1860, remaining square mile, if area equal to that of South the same per _square mile_, if”
“Kippletringan was distant at first a gey bit; then the gey bit was more accurately described, as ablins three mile; then the three mile diminished into like a mile and a bittock; then extended themselves into four mile or there-awa; and, lastly, a female voice, having hushed a wailing infant which the spokeswoman carried in her arms, assured Guy Mannering, It was a weary lang gate yet to Kippletringan, and unco heavy road for foot passengers.”
“It has been found in practice, that a water-course thirty feet wide and six feet deep, giving a transverse sectional area of one hundred and eighty square feet, will discharge three hundred cubic yards of water per minute, and will flow at the rate of one mile per hour, with a fall of no more than _six inches per mile_. ”
“Walkable communities improve the health and quality of life of the people that live in them, and having your absolute essentials be within a mile is a component of that.”
“Within a quarter of a mile is the sweete spaw or Chalibiet, a Spring which rises off Iron and steele like Astrup or Tunbridge and Like the German Spaw.”
“The company had opened a new store at Monroe Street and Detroit Avenue in 1997, about a mile from the two shuttered stores.”
“Although there is no Garden State Parkway exit in Beachwood, Interchange 80 is less than half a mile from the borough border in South Toms River.”
“Despite being less than a mile from a suburban neighborhood, and less than 15 miles from Seattle as the crow flies, it felt pretty remote up there.”
“The worst part of it is that his first attempt, which involved replacing the regulator only in the altenator, ended with me broken down in the dark on Highway 15, no shoulders, about half a mile from the toll plaza, and cars racing each other to get to the one toll booth of the six that was open.”
“At $1.50 per gallon, fuel cost per mile is 7.5 cents.”
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