Definition of mile
a mile a minute
: with great speed talking a mile a minute
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.
Recent Examples of mile from the Web
His senior housing complex in East Oakland is less than a mile from Interstate 880, a major corridor for freight trucks shuttling to and from the Port of Oakland.
Cofnas also mentions that Venus is nearly 26 million miles closer to the sun, and that the share of carbon dioxide in the Venusian atmosphere is 965,000 parts per million, or about 2,412 times greater than Earth’s.
Then, in late 2016, the post was told by the center that the bus had become inoperable after about only 60,000 miles — and that the bus would have to be scrapped.
The tour is only offered on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and lasts roughly two and a half hours, covering just under a mile.
South Korean authorities described the North's test as a two-stage missile with a range of about 4,300 to 5,000 miles - enough to reach Alaska and other parts of North America.
The garden also has a butterfly garden, an educational pavilion, a wedding area, formal gardens and a total of nearly 2 miles of woodland trails.
The Bolt can travel 238 miles on a single charge and will be the basis for other electric models that G.M. expects to add to its lineup.
The largest system is located about 550 miles below the southern tip of Baja California and is tracking west.
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Origin and Etymology of mile
Middle English, from Old English mīl, from Latin milia miles, from milia passuum, literally, thousands of paces, from milia, plural of mille thousand
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
MILE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mile for English Language Learners
: a unit of measurement equal to 5,280 feet (about 1,609 meters)
miles : a great distance
: a race that is a mile long
MILE Defined for Kids
Definition of mile for Students
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)
History for mile
In English we use the word mile for two different lengths. Though the ancient Roman mile was not the same as either of these, the English word mile comes from the Latin name for the Roman mile. This Latin word, milia, came from the phrase milia passuum, literally, “thousands of steps.” From the Latin word for “thousand,” mille, we also get the words mill (a thousandth of a dollar) and million (a thousand thousands).
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