\ ˈmī(-ə)l How to pronounce mile (audio) \

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 plural was miles ahead of them in education sometimes used adverbially This 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 incident occurred at around 6 a.m. at mile marker 245 in Edgewater near the State Road 442 exit, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Fatal crash on closes all southbound lanes I-95 in Volusia," 7 Apr. 2021 The crash occurred near mile marker 74 in Boca Raton. Austen Erblat,, "17-year-old killed in Turnpike crash. All southbound lanes blocked near Boca Raton.," 6 Apr. 2021 That was the case for Mary Lou Rendulic, owner of Bright Morning Bed & Breakfast in West Newton, mile marker 113. Renatta Signorini,, "‘It’s like an adventure’: Great Allegheny Passage trail network, named 20 years ago, runs from Cumberland to Pittsburgh," 3 Apr. 2021 The winding highway remains closed at Rat Creek, near mile marker 30, because of the wreckage. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rush to rescue thousands of endangered abalone buried in Big Sur landslides," 3 Apr. 2021 The spill occurred at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday morning at mile marker 114 in Framingham, Kristen Pennucci, a Department of Transportation spokeswoman said., "Concrete truck spill forces brief closure of Mass Pike westbound in Framingham," 31 Mar. 2021 The police pursuit began near mile marker 127 in Spotsylvania County, where a trooper attempted to stop a 2008 Dodge Avenger for travelling 80 m.p.h. Washington Post, "Three killed in crash on Interstate 95 in Prince William County," 19 Mar. 2021 An Illinois State Police trooper found Zywicki’s white 1985 Pontiac T1000 abandoned on Interstate 80 near mile marker 83 in LaSalle County. Tracy Swartz,, "Murder of college student Tammy Zywicki, who disappeared in Illinois, back in the TV spotlight," 19 Mar. 2021 The truck, a 2005 Chevy Silverado, was traveling north near mile marker 75 when the truck turned counterclockwise and went off the right side of the road at about 2:54 p.m., according to the report from the Arkansas Department of Public Safety. Nwa Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, "One killed, one injured after truck hydroplanes, runs off Interstate 49," 17 Mar. 2021

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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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11 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Mile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 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


\ 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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