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

  • noun Total length, extent, or distance measured or expressed in miles.
  • noun Total miles covered or traveled in a given time.
  • noun The amount of service, use, or wear estimated by miles used or traveled.
  • noun The number of miles traveled by a motor vehicle on a given quantity of fuel.
  • noun An allowance for travel expenses established at a specified rate per mile.
  • noun Expense per mile, as for the use of a car.
  • noun Informal The amount of service something has yielded or may yield in the future; usefulness.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Length, extent, or distance in miles; the total or aggregate number of miles of way made, used, or traversed: as, the mileage of highways or waterways in a country; the mileage of a railroad-line; the mileage of a year's traffic on a railroad, or of travel through a country.
  • noun An allowance or compensation for travel or conveyance reckoned by the mile; especially, payment allowed to a public functionary for the expenses of travel in the discharge of his duties according to the number of miles passed over: as, the mileage of a sheriff, circuit judge, or member of Congress or of a legislature.

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

  • noun An allowance for traveling expenses at a certain rate per mile.
  • noun Aggregate length or distance in miles; esp., the sum of lengths of tracks or wires of a railroad company, telegraph company, etc.
  • noun The number of miles that a vehicle can travel after consuming a certain quantity of fuel; in the United States, usually expressed in units of miles per gallon. It is sometimes used as a nmeasure of the energy efficiency of a vehicle.
  • noun Use, profit or advantage.
  • noun a mileage allowed for journeys supposed to be made, but not actually made.

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

  • noun the total distance, in miles, travelled
  • noun the number of miles travelled by a vehicle on a certain volume of fuel
  • noun mileage allowance, an allowance for travel expenses at a specified rate per mile
  • noun informal the amount of service that something has yielded or may yield in future
  • noun informal something worth taking into consideration

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

  • noun the ratio of the number of miles traveled to the number of gallons of gasoline burned
  • noun distance measured in miles
  • noun a travel allowance at a given rate per mile traveled


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  • I can't get much mileage out of kilometrage in a figurative sense. Causes road rage :-(

    September 19, 2008