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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 While the system is expected to decrease congestion in the long run, construction on the two-year, multi-million dollar project has already caused miles-long traffic jams. Washington Post, "Lanes close as tollbooth removal begins on Chesapeake Bridge," 13 Jan. 2020 There was a half-mile-long school of mullet jumping on the outside of the grass where depth dropped from about 2 feet to 4 feet, and both redfish and trout were running the edge with the mullet. Frank Sargeant, al, "Looking for outdoors winter holiday? Try the beach," 5 Jan. 2020 Hollywood giant Tyler Perry is adding another title to his mile-long filmography, but the latest Tyler Perry production is a joint project with Netflix, his first collaboration with the streaming service. Ineye Komonibo,, "Tyler Perry’s New Netflix Movie Is Dirty John But Scarier," 3 Jan. 2020 His beloved silver labrador, who vanished in July, was located more than 50 miles away. Noelle Bye, USA TODAY, "‘Christmas miracle’: Ohio man shares emotional reunion with dog, Lucy, after 5 months apart," 31 Dec. 2019 The first mile-long tunnel in Las Vegas is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2020, Musk announced in a tweet on Friday, after digging began in November. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Elon Musk’s tunnels could fix congestion. But not in the way you’d expect," 29 Dec. 2019 Then, four years later, one of Fayet’s motion-sensor cameras on Grimsey Island in Iceland—more than 1,000 miles away—captured another puffin giving its chest feathers the same treatment. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "In a First, Scientists Film a Puffin Scratching Its Back With a Stick," 24 Dec. 2019 Neither facility delivers babies, forcing women to travel at least 40 miles for that service, according to the Arizona Center for Rural Health. Anna Wilde Mathews, WSJ, "Rx for Ailing Indian Health Service: Changes in Spending, Recruitment," 31 Dec. 2019 Visibility could be one-quarter mile or less, which could affect holiday travelers Christmas night through Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Sullivan. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dense fog advisory issued for Christmas night in much of Wisconsin," 25 Dec. 2019

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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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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mile.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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