[ mil ]
/ mɪl /
a unit of length equal to 0.001 of an inch (0.0254 millimeters), 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.
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Origin of mil1
First recorded in 1715–25; short for Latin millēsimus “thousandth,” equivalent to mill(e) “thousand” (see mile) + -ēsimus ordinal suffix
Definition for mil (2 of 3)
[ mil ]
/ mɪl /
Slang. a million.
Origin of mil2
Definition for mil (3 of 3)
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British Dictionary definitions for mil (1 of 3)
/ (mɪl) /
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
Word Origin for mil
C18: short for Latin millēsimus thousandth
British Dictionary definitions for mil (2 of 3)
the internet domain name for
a US military department
British Dictionary definitions for mil (3 of 3)
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Scientific definitions for mil
[ mĭl ]
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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