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

  • noun A post set up to indicate distance in miles, as along a highway.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A post set up to mark distance by miles along a highway or other line of travel.

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

  • noun A post, or one of a series of posts, set up to indicate spaces of a mile each or the distance in miles from a given place.
  • noun An event or accomplishment marking a significant advance in an endeavor; a notable achievment.

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

  • noun A post on a highway, often with one or more fingerposts, showing the distance in miles to nearby places
  • noun rail transport A sign or post beside a railway marking the distance from the (actual or nominal) start of a line (usually the principal terminus or junction with a more major line)

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

  • noun stone post at side of a road to show distances


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  • Many addresses in Alaska are given as milepost values--e.g., Mile 263, Parks Highway.

    (We use the term highway loosely here.)

    December 21, 2007

  • WeirdNet notwithstanding, we don't make them out of stone. Anymore.

    December 21, 2007

  • "On the Road to Tok" was my favorite postcard when I was in Alaska in 1983. I see it's now the title and cover of a book.

    December 21, 2007