- Also called statute mile. a unit of distance on land in English-speaking countries equal to 5280 feet, or 1760 yards (1.609 kilometers).
- nautical mile.
- international nautical mile.
- any of various other units of distance or length at different periods and in different countries.Compare Roman mile.
- a notable distance or margin: missed the target by a mile. Abbreviation: mi, mi.
Origin of mile
Examples from the Web for mile
Then she managed to struggle a mile through dark, rainy woods.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods
January 7, 2015
Each one seems a mile high, and the entire flight an insurmountable obstacle.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
So I went home—we only lived about a quarter mile away—and I got on my bicycle and rode back, and he was in the donut shop.Joe Biden: ‘I’ll Kill Your Son’
December 12, 2014
The incident occurred just one mile from the Garner incident.Before Eric Garner, There Was Michael Stewart: The Tragic Story of the Real-Life Radio Raheem
December 4, 2014
At 11:00 a.m., a group of 40 young people, mostly teenagers, rallied at a subway station about a mile from the airport.Mexican Protesters Look to Start a New Revolution
November 21, 2014
There's one about a quarter of a mile down the stream—Stetson's boat.
He was already a mile distant from the vessel when Captain Haley came on deck.
They saw an American ship riding at anchor a mile or more from shore.
The natives also found a fine water-hole about a mile from camp.
He had started on the return journey, and was only a mile from Yuin when we overtook him.
- Also called: statute mile a unit of length used in the UK, the US, and certain other countries, equal to 1760 yards. 1 mile is equivalent to 1.609 34 kilometres
- See nautical mile
- See Swedish mile
- any of various units of length used at different times and places, esp the Roman mile, equivalent to 1620 yards
- (often plural) informal a great distance; great dealhe missed by a mile
- a race extending over a mile
- miles (intensifier)he likes his new job miles better
Word Origin and History for mile
Old English mil, from West Germanic *milja (cf. Middle Dutch mile, Dutch mijl, Old High German mila, German meile), from Latin mila "thousands," plural of mille "a thousand" (neuter plural was mistaken in Germanic as a fem. singular), of unknown origin.
The Latin word also is the source of French mille, Italian miglio, Spanish milla. The Scandinavian words (Old Norse mila, etc.) are from English. An ancient Roman mile was 1,000 double paces (one step with each foot), for about 4,860 feet, but there were many local variants and a modern statute mile is about 400 feet longer. In Germany, Holland, and Scandinavia in the Middle Ages, the Latin word was applied arbitrarily to the ancient Germanic rasta, a measure of from 3.25 to 6 English miles. Mile-a-minute (adj.) "very fast" is attested from 1957.