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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 usually pluralwas miles ahead of them in education sometimes used adverbiallyThis one is miles [=much, far] better than that one.
a mile a minute
: with great speed talking a mile a minute

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The presidential motorcade usually rolls the mile-plus journey with the new president and first lady walking part of the way and thousands of cheering supporters lining the streets. The Associated Press,, "After Capitol siege, here's what security will look like for Biden's inauguration," 8 Jan. 2021 Also, the Sipsey River directly below the dam continues to produce good trout fishing in the first mile or so due to regular stocking. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report," 1 Jan. 2021 The legislation introduced last year sought a 1% food and beverage tax applicable to a 1-square-mile area surrounding the new Hard Rock Northern Indiana casino. Carrie Napoleon,, "Gary to make new push for food, beverage tax; administration will seek 1% to 2% citywide tax," 31 Dec. 2020 As a result, more people died per mile traveled—1.25 per 100 million miles in the first half of the year, compared with 1.06 in the same period in 2019, and the highest rate since 2008. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "The Year of Driving Less—but More Dangerously," 24 Dec. 2020 The happy part is the mile or so walk to unparalleled ocean views. Los Angeles Times, "Invasion of the comb jellies," 24 Dec. 2020 Eisenman said the water was green for at least half-mile south from his house, and the downstream's current dispersed the dye further. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, "Rouge River tributary turns slime green after city conducts sewage dye test," 22 Dec. 2020 What makes Indian Creek Island, a .4-square mile-size municipality about 20 minutes by car from Miami Beach, so appealing to buyers like the Kushners and Bradys? Marshall Heyman, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Indian Creek Island, Miami's Most Exclusive Enclave," 18 Dec. 2020 The incident occurred on Monday morning just after 6:30 on westbound I-70, about one-half mile prior to Md. 27. Bob Blubaugh,, "Frederick County man struck, killed while walking on I-70 in Mount Airy," 15 Dec. 2020

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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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17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Mile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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


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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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