Definition for miles (2 of 2)
Origin of mile
Examples from the Web for miles
In this war, the targeting is often happening on computer monitors thousands of miles away, capturing images from drones.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Strong currents and winds, however, mean any debris could be drifting up to 31 miles a day eastward, away from the impact zone.
Miles of Soviet era housing projects sat along on the ocean.
Casino resorts thrive in the Bahamas and have a presence in almost every port of call for hundreds of miles.Will Hyman Roth Return to Havana With Normalized Relations?|John L. Smith|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Two years into an Arctic expedition, they were forced to abandon ship a thousand miles north of Siberia.
Oxhey (2 miles S. from Watford) is a hamlet on the Middlesex border.Hertfordshire|Herbert W Tompkins
I have walked, on an average, about ten miles a-day since at Grfenberg.Every Man his own Doctor|R. T. Claridge
He was two hundred and fifty miles from London and had very little money.Tales from Dickens|Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
We took the wind through the night, and in the morning we were eighty miles from Corfu, which I determined to reach by rowing.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
The country for five to ten miles to the east of our track appeared open and grassy, basalt being the prevailing rock.Journals of Australian Explorations|A C and F T Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for miles (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for miles (2 of 2)
Word Origin for mile
Word Origin and History for miles
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.
Science definitions for miles
Idioms and Phrases with miles
In addition to the idioms beginning with mile
- mile a minute, a
- miles and miles
- miss by a mile
- miss is as good as a mile
- stick out (like a mile)