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nautical mile

noun

Simple Definition of nautical mile

  • : a unit of distance equal to 1,852 meters or 1.15 miles that is used for sea and air travel

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of nautical mile

  1. :  any of various units of distance used for sea and air navigation based on the length of a minute of arc of a great circle of the earth and differing because the earth is not a perfect sphere: as a :  a British unit equal to 6080 feet (1853.2 meters) b :  an international unit equal to exactly 1852 meters (6076.115 feet or 1.15 statute miles) used officially in the United States since July 1, 1954

1834

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1834


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