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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 used chiefly adverbially in plural was miles ahead of them in education
a mile a minute
: with great speed talking a mile a minute

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Synonyms & Antonyms for mile


afar, country mile, far cry, long haul


hair, inch, step, stone's throw

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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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When HomeSafe began the approval process to build a facility on Lyons Road less than a mile south of Southern Boulevard, nearby residents voiced their opposition. Austen Erblat,, "HomeSafe CEO responds to opposition on proposed facility near Wellington," 13 July 2018 The head recovered in Louisiana was found off Louisiana Highway 27 in Hackberry, La. less than a mile from Calcasieu Lake. Jose R. Gonzalez, Houston Chronicle, "Louisiana authorities release facial reconstruction of severed head with similarities to HPD case," 27 June 2018 According to the Guardian, during the first game against Iceland, Messi covered less than a mile of turf while not in possession of the ball, a staggeringly low amount for an outfield player and indeed, less than two goalkeepers. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why Lionel Messi hates playing for Argentina in World Cup," 24 June 2018 Griffin was born in Daytona Beach and owns a stretch of ocean-front property in Palm Beach less than a mile from Mar-a-lago, according to the Palm Beach Daily News. Emily L. Mahoney And Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Who is writing the checks? Here are the Top 5 donors to each candidate for governor," 21 June 2018 Chelyabinsk-class events happen every 30 to 40 years, researchers calculate, while impacts by objects with diameters greater than one mile occur once every several hundred thousand years. William Harwood, CBS News, "NASA asteroid-watchers team up on emergency plan with White House, FEMA," 20 June 2018 Three hundred fifty miles away, Laclede Chain is also grappling with uncertainty. Ruth Simon, WSJ, "A Tale of Two Steel Firms and Their Diverging Paths Under Trump’s Tariffs," 10 Feb. 2019 It was powered by a new Rocketdyne engine that offered a significant increase in payload capability, allowing it to carry a massive W39 nuclear warhead (at approximately 6,900 pounds) to targets more than 175 miles away. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 And on Monday night at Levi’s Stadium, in a championship game played more than 2,000 miles away from Clemson’s South Carolina campus, the Tigers were way too much for an Alabama team that had spent the season mauling its opposition. Ralph D. Russo, The Seattle Times, "Orange Crush: Clemson topples No. 1 ‘Bama for national title," 8 Jan. 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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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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