- a unit of length equal to 0.001 of an inch (0.0254 mm), used in measuring the diameter of wires.
- a military unit of angular measurement equal to the angle subtended by 1/6400 of a circumference.
- (less accurately) the angle subtended by an arc equal to 1/1000 (0.001) of the radius or distance.
- (used formerly in pharmaceutical prescriptions) a milliliter.
- a former bronze coin of the mandate of Palestine, the 1/1000 part of a pound.
Origin of mil1
1715–25; short for Latin millēsimus thousandth, equivalent to mill(e) thousand (see mile) + -ēsimus ordinal suffix
- Slang. a million.
Origin of mil2
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Examples from the Web for mil
At 50 mil, the movie has to be great and totally satisfying.Shocking New Reveals From Sony Hack: J. Law, Pitt, Clooney, and Star Wars
December 12, 2014
But even so, would you have guessed that 2,783 employees of the Cal system make between a quarter and half a mil?That’s All a Nobel Prize Winner Gets Paid?
April 18, 2014
The first film in the series, Koi…Mil Gaya (2003), is essentially the story of Forrest Gump finding E.T.Krrish 3 Review: What the Bollywood Movie Steals From Superhero Films
November 6, 2013
“Peaches came to the Mil Acad with high ambitions,” White wrote.The Making of General Petraeus
David Cloud, Greg Jaffe
June 24, 2010
The hon. gentlemen said there would be only a mil between them.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)
Augustus de Morgan
“Mil gracias, Señor, for your condescension,” answered the man.The Cruise of the Thetis
No child forgets the “mil gracias” with which a benefit is accepted.Things seen in Spain
C. Gasquoine Hartley
He is also among the knights holding of the church of Bayeux '1 mil.'The Chronicle of the Norman Conquest
In 1912, five machines were built, of which two were of the mil.
- a unit of length equal to one thousandth of an inch
- an obsolete pharmaceutical unit of volume equal to one millilitre
- a unit of angular measure, used in gunnery, equal to one sixty-four-hundredth of a circumference
C18: short for Latin millēsimus thousandth
- a US military department
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Word Origin and History for mil
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A unit of length in the US Customary System equal to 11000 of an inch (0.03 millimeter), used chiefly to measure the diameter of wires.
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