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noun (1)

: thousand
found a salinity of 38.4 per mil
: a monetary unit formerly used in Cyprus equal to ¹/₁₀₀₀ pound
: a unit of length equal to ¹/₁₀₀₀ inch used especially in measuring thickness (as of plastic films)
: a unit of angular measurement equal to ¹/₆₄₀₀ of 360 degrees and used especially in artillery


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noun (2)

variants or mill
plural mil or mill
: a million dollars


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Examples of mil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
But the real draw of military watches—or mils spec watches—is one that’s harder for many collectors to own up to. Oren Hartov, Robb Report, 14 May 2024 Perhaps most impressively, a one-of-a-kind Patek Philippe (pictured top) hammered for nearly half a mil. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 12 Apr. 2024 The measure also eliminates taxes on Social Security income, lowers the statewide mill levy for schools from 20 mills to 19.5 mils and accelerates the elimination of the state sales tax on food to July 1, six months ahead of current law. Jonathan Shorman, Kansas City Star, 10 Apr. 2024 Brad Clevinger Tehachapi :: Dodgers break the bank with $700 mil committed to one player. Los Angeles Times, 9 Dec. 2023 In addition to exempting liquor stores and food service facilities, Crandell’s bill would have required businesses to provide plastic bags that are thicker than 2.6 mils, a measurement used to determine the thickness of film. Lia Russell, Baltimore Sun, 7 Sep. 2023 Their sights measure 6,400 mils around a circle, while Soviet guns mark just 6,000, giving the U.S. guns greater accuracy when using manual sighting, Tavuchis says. Hope Hodge Seck, Popular Mechanics, 21 Aug. 2023 While not official dark skies, there is an effort to get three places in the Driftless region within about 15 mils of each other in Vernon County designated as dark sky areas. Drew Dawson, Journal Sentinel, 10 July 2023 Until the two countries reach something more like parity, though, $14 mil sounds much nicer than $4 mil. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 5 Apr. 2023

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Word History


Noun (1)

Latin mille thousand

Noun (2)

short for million

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mil was in 1872

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Cite this Entry

“Mil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a unit of length equal to ¹⁄₁₀₀₀ inch (about .025 millimeter) used especially in measuring thickness
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