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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
Other definitions for mil (2 of 3)
[ mil ]
/ mɪl /
Slang. a million.
Origin of mil2
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How to use mil in a sentence
And against the first target the accuracy observed was about .7 mils, in standard deviation.Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
When we include the round-to-round dispersion, it becomes only 1.24 mils.Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
The largest wire used in any of these lines is the aluminum cable of 500,000 circular mils between Niagara Falls and Buffalo.
Having found the circular mils of any desired conductor, its weight per 1,000 feet can be found readily in a wire table.
We put them throug, we hav to carry them 19 mils and cum back the sam night wich maks 38 mils.The Underground Railroad|William Still
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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