mile·​post | \ ˈmī(-ə)l-ˌpōst How to pronounce milepost (audio) \

Definition of milepost

1 : a post indicating the distance in miles from or to a given point also : a post placed a mile from a similar post

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Examples of milepost in a Sentence

We've reached a new milepost in the field of genetic research. a milepost in the development of a global economy

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The accident happened near milepost 216, about two miles south of Skagit County, Axtman said. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Pedestrian struck, killed on northbound Interstate 5 near Stanwood," 18 Sep. 2018 The shutdown goes from mileposts 90 to 87, from near the Indian John Hill rest stop to the valley, where motorists gain speed and momentum. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Slippery I-90 lane closed for emergency fix in Cle Elum," 9 Oct. 2018 Three adults and six children were in the motor home returning from a family vacation when a tire blew out and the driver lost control of the vehicle around 3:30 p.m. near milepost 110, Washington State Patrol said in an emailed report. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "2 killed, 3 critically injured in I-90 motor-home crash near Ellensburg," 4 Sep. 2018 The two-vehicle accident occurred at approximately 3:15 p.m. near milepost 24, an official wrote via email. Corlyn Voorhees,, "One killed, four injured in Highway 6 accident near Tillamook," 10 June 2018 The fire, which was burning near milepost 248, forced the closure of the right lane to accommodate responding fire crews before 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Brush fire causes traffic delay on I-17 near Black Canyon City," 23 June 2018 The fires, which were burning between mileposts 244 and 235, had forced the closures of the right lane at several locations to accommodate responding fire crews before 4 p.m. Friday. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Brush fires cause 4-mile delay on I-17 near Black Canyon City," 8 June 2018 The drainage work will take place first between mileposts 17-19 followed by the paving. Rosemarie Stein,, "Portland Metro Friday Traffic: Be ready for closed streets, traffic delays during the Grand Floral Parade," 8 June 2018 If the Spurs decide dealing Leonard is their only resort, Thursday’s draft would be the first milepost worth considering. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "With Leonard in limbo, Spurs may face franchise-shaping draft night," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of milepost

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of milepost was in 1768

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English Language Learners Definition of milepost

: a post by the side of a road that shows the distance in miles to a specified place

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to take the place or position of

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