mile

noun
\ˈmī(-ə)l \

Definition of mile 

1 : any of various units of distance: such as

a : a unit equal to 5280 feet — see Weights and Measures Table

b : nautical mile

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

Synonyms

afar, country mile, far cry, long haul

Antonyms

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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But the judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals went only about 100 miles that day to the home of Judge D. Brooks Smith, the circuit’s chief judge, near Altoona, Pennsylvania. Geoff Mulvihill, BostonGlobe.com, "Twice a Supreme Court runner-up, Hardiman is back at work," 10 July 2018 But the judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals went only about 100 miles that day to the home of Judge D. Brooks Smith, the circuit's chief judge, near Altoona, Pennsylvania. Geoff Mulvihill, chicagotribune.com, "A Supreme Court runner-up twice in two years, Hardiman is back at work," 10 July 2018 But the judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals went only about 100 miles that day to the home of Judge D. Brooks Smith, the circuit’s chief judge, near Altoona, Pennsylvania. Washington Post, "Twice a Supreme Court runner-up, Hardiman is back at work," 10 July 2018 But the judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals went only about 100 miles that day to the home of Judge D. Brooks Smith, the circuit’s chief judge, near Altoona, Pennsylvania. Geoff Mulvihill, The Seattle Times, "Twice a Supreme Court runner-up, Hardiman is back at work," 10 July 2018 Scott Feist, a fishing guide from California's Central Valley, said sea lions regularly venture more than 100 miles upriver from the mouth of the Pacific Ocean at the Golden Gate Bridge to prey on salmon. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "To protect salmon in the Columbia, will we have to kill more sea lions?," 6 July 2018 Some reappeared in towns more than 100 miles away and others were missing for months. Mark Barber, ajc, "Private school founder in North Carolina pleads guilty to human trafficking," 6 July 2018 Navigating a course that included over 18,000 feet of elevation gain, a dangerous river crossing, and an ursine surprise, Walmsley somehow managed to average 8 minutes and 40 seconds per mile… over 100 miles. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "The Ultrarunning Hall of Fame," 29 June 2018 The city of Chicago's press release confirmed that The Boring Company has proposed vehicles that will travel faster than 100 miles per hour. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Chicago selects Elon Musk’s Boring Company to build express line from O‘Hare," 14 June 2018

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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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mile

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mile

: 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

noun
\ˈmīl \

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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