Origin of mile
Examples from the Web for miles
Contemporary Examples of 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
Strong currents and winds, however, mean any debris could be drifting up to 31 miles a day eastward, away from the impact zone.Wreckage, Bodies of AirAsia Crash Found
December 30, 2014
Miles of Soviet era housing projects sat along on the ocean.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
December 26, 2014
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
Two years into an Arctic expedition, they were forced to abandon ship a thousand miles north of Siberia.The Best Nonfiction Books of 2014
December 14, 2014
Historical Examples of miles
After following Lake Barlee for nine miles, it turned to the southward.
We turned east for ten miles to a range, which we found to be covered with spinifex.
I will send back and get the flour, as it is only five miles off.
Steered east for four miles, when we struck Mr. Gosse's cart-track.
Returned about five miles and met the party coming on all right.
Word Origin 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.
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)