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Definition of mile

1 : any of various units of distance: such as
a : a unit equal to 5280 feet — see Weights and Measures Table
2 : a race of a mile
3 : a relatively great distance, degree, or interval used chiefly adverbially in plural was miles ahead of them in education
a mile a minute
: with great speed talking a mile a minute

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Synonyms & Antonyms for mile


afar, country mile, far cry, long haul


hair, inch, step, stone's throw

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Examples of mile in a Sentence

We passed mile after mile of beautiful scenery as we drove through the country. We traveled over miles of dirt road. The car was traveling at 70 miles per hour. We were miles from home. We still have miles to go. The beach stretched on for miles and miles.
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Her naturally fierce brows were lightly filled where needed with powder and set with a clear gel, while a hint of black tightline and Smokey Eye Mascara enhanced Shahidi's mile-long fluttery lashes. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Yara Shahidi Wore Crystal Eye Makeup in the Shape of Her Astrological Sign to the Met Gala," 7 May 2019 Since the nearest motel was more than 238,000 miles away, NASA needed to find a way for Apollo astronauts to sleep on future moon missions. Roger Simmons, The Seattle Times, "Apollo 11 astronauts were sleepless in the Sea of Tranquility on moon," 12 Apr. 2019 The home, which was built in the 1700s for Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, is located just a few miles away from Will and Kate's home, Anmer Hall. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Is Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley?," 25 Mar. 2019 On Wednesday night, the summer league will have a halftime performance to honor the victims and the first responders who were crucial in helping the community get through the tragedy that happened just a few miles away. Atreya Verma, azcentral, "NBA Summer League auction to raise funds for Las Vegas shooting victims," 12 July 2018 The money will enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts by 2027, the state agency reported. Ramona Sentinel, "Caltrans begins $11M repairs on Route 78," 11 July 2018 More than 21 miles of permanent levees and floodwalls have been built, more than 240 homes on the flood plain have been bought out, and 17 new lift stations have been added to pump water out of storm sewers into the river. Dave Kolpack, The Seattle Times, "As flood looms, North Dakota’s largest city back to bagging," 29 Mar. 2019 The Long Range model starts at $47,000, and will get up to 300 miles of range. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Tesla Reveals the New Model Y Crossover," 15 Mar. 2019 Dozens of Uber cars were driving around both cities, racking up more than two million miles of testing under the supervision of safety drivers. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Uber resumes testing self-driving cars nine months after deadly crash," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of mile

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mile

Middle English, from Old English mīl, from Latin milia miles, from milia passuum, literally, thousands of paces, from milia, plural of mille thousand

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The first known use of mile was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of mile

: a unit of measurement equal to 5,280 feet (about 1,609 meters)
: a great distance
: a race that is a mile long


\ ˈmīl How to pronounce mile (audio) \

Kids Definition of mile

1 : a measure of distance ( statute mile ) equal to 5280 feet (1609 meters)
2 : a measure of distance ( geographical mile or nautical mile ) used in air and sea travel equal to about 6076 feet (1852 meters)

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