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Nelson Appleton,1839–1925, U.S. army officer.
a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “merciful.”

Definition for miles (2 of 2)

[ mahyl ]
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Also called statute mile. a unit of distance on land in English-speaking countries equal to 5280 feet, or 1760 yards (1.609 kilometers).
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

before 1000; Middle English; Old English mīl < Latin mīlia (passuum) a thousand (paces) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for miles

British Dictionary definitions for miles (1 of 2)

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Bernard, Baron Miles of Blackfriars. 1907–91, British actor and theatre manager. He founded the Mermaid Theatre in London, and was known as a character actor

British Dictionary definitions for miles (2 of 2)

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miles (intensifier)he likes his new job miles better

Word Origin for mile

Old English mīl, from Latin mīlia (passuum) a thousand (paces)
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Science definitions for miles

[ mīl ]

A unit of length in the US Customary System, equal to 5,280 feet or 1,760 yards (about 1.61 kilometers). Also called statute mile
See nautical mile. See Table at measurement.
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Idioms and Phrases with miles


In addition to the idioms beginning with mile

  • mile a minute, a
  • miles and miles

also see:

  • miss by a mile
  • miss is as good as a mile
  • stick out (like a mile)
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