sea mile

Origin of sea mile

First recorded in 1790–1800 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sea mile

Historical Examples of sea mile

  • A knot is a sea-mile; but I mean when she is going along at fair speed.

    The Boat Club

    Oliver Optic

  • From Reykir is the shortest distance to the island, about one sea-mile.

  • The shortest passage from the island to the mainland is one sea-mile.

  • Every sea-mile of the great expanse is equally a danger zone.


    David W. Bone

  • Now the shortest way to the mainland from the island, was a sea-mile long.

    The Story of Grettir The Strong

    Translated by Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris

British Dictionary definitions for sea mile

sea mile

  1. a unit of distance used in navigation, defined as the length of one minute of arc, measured along the meridian, in the latitude of the position. Its actual length varies slightly with latitude but is about 1853 metres (6080 feet)Symbol: M See also nautical mile
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