\ˈmī(-ə)l \

Definition of mile 

1 : any of various units of distance: such as

a : a unit equal to 5280 feet — see Weights and Measures Table

b : nautical mile

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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But the equipment weighed hundreds of pounds and had to be lugged for many miles through some very tight openings. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Cave acoustics can help sculpt more realistic sounds in digital space," 14 Nov. 2018 The LiDAR analysis also shows that Maya cities and surrounding settlements sprawl for miles around city centers, connected by a web of roads and dense grids of farm fields. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Flake & Co. try to tame partisan wildfire," 28 Sep. 2018 The battery pack provides a charge for about 200-340 miles, and a fast-charge option can get the vehicle up to 80 percent in 30 minutes. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Volkswagen debuts electric cargo version of iconic hippie van," 20 Sep. 2018 In another, stadium lights atop tall poles oversee a pedestrian barrier stretching for miles along a section of the wall between Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta in the Mexican state of Sonora. Andrew Welsh-huggins, The Seattle Times, "Exhibit showcases images of Mexico border walls, fences," 18 Sep. 2018 Instead, underwater communication, such as between submarines, underwater robots, or divers, typically uses sound waves, which can travel through water for miles. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Clever New Tech Could Let Subs and Planes Talk Directly," 22 Aug. 2018 Traffic is backed up for at least two miles, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. Michael Williams,, "RV fire closes 2 lanes on northbound I-95 in Volusia County," 13 July 2018 Police and firefighters arrived to investigate and were evacuating the area when the line exploded shortly after 7 p.m. The blast ignited four-story-high flames that burned long into the night and belched a smoke plume visible for miles. Todd Richmond,, "Firefighter killed in gas explosion, fire near Madison," 12 July 2018 Crosses burning on Portland’s Mt. Tabor and Mt. Scott were visible for miles. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 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)

miles : a great distance

: a race that is a mile long


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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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