\ 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web This number suggests that, if the Air Force wanted an air superiority fighter with a 2,000-nautical-mile range (enough to fly from Guam to Okinawa), an F-111-sized aircraft is not far from the mark. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 5 May 2022 Kashmir is an 86,000-square mile region in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent. CNN, 29 Mar. 2022 The site of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in northern Ukraine has been surrounded for more than three decades by a 1,000-square-mile (2,600-square-kilometer) exclusion zone that keeps people out. Scientific American, 8 Mar. 2022 The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is a 1,000-square-mile zone of forest surrounding the shuttered plant and lies between the Belarus-Ukraine border and the Ukrainian capital. Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2022 More than a third of the 25,000-square-mile Matanuska-Susitna Borough lies west of the Susitna River. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Feb. 2022 The documentary’s title refers to a 7,000-square-mile region in the Brazilian state of Rondônia, sovereign land of the Uru-eu-wau-wau and other Indigenous groups. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Jan. 2022 Deciding which corner of the 400,000-square-mile region to see can be challenging, so Modern Adventure sorted that out for you. Tim Neville, Outside Online, 14 Jan. 2022 He was supposed to get double that amount from Iran, which controls 70% of the dam’s 7,000-square-mile catchment area and which recently activated a 29-mile diversionary tunnel siphoning away most of the Sirwan River. Marcus Yam, Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Mile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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\ 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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