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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A unit of length equal to one thousandth (10-3) of an inch (0.0254 millimeter), used, for example, to specify the diameter of wire or the thickness of materials sold in sheets.
  • n. A milliliter; one cubic centimeter.
  • n. A unit of angular measurement used in artillery and equal to 1/6400 of a complete revolution.
  • n. Slang A million dollars.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An angular mil, a unit of angular measurement equal to 1⁄6400 of a complete circle. At 1000 metres one mil subtends about one metre (0.98 m). Also 1⁄6000 and 1⁄6300 are used in other countries.
  • n. A unit of measurement equal to 1⁄1000 of an inch, usually used for thin objects, such as sheets of plastic.
  • n. a former subdivision (1/1000) of the Maltese lira
  • n. Abbreviation of million.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an obsolete monetary unit of Cyprus equal in value to 1/1000 of a pound.
  • n. a unit of length equal to 1/1000 inch, used especially in measuring the thickness of sheets of materials.
  • n. one milliliter; -- used mostly in informal speech.
  • n. a unit of angular size equal to 1/6400 of 360 degrees; -- it is used especially in artillery ranging.
  • n. One million dollars.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An abbreviation of military.
  • n. A unit of length used in measuring the diameter of wires, equal to 0.001 of an inch.
  • n. A copper coin of Hongkong, the thousandth part of a dollar, corresponding to a Chinese ‘cash.’
  • A simplified spelling of mill.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an angular unit used in artillery; equal to 1/6400 of a complete revolution
  • n. a Swedish unit of length equivalent to 10 km
  • n. a Cypriot monetary unit equal to one thousandth of a pound
  • n. a unit of length equal to one thousandth of an inch; used to specify thickness (e.g., of sheets or wire)
  • n. a metric unit of volume equal to one thousandth of a liter


Short for Latin mīllēsimus, thousandth, from mīlle, thousand; see gheslo- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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