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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 usually pluralwas miles ahead of them in education sometimes used adverbiallyThis 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Putting power lines underground is expensive — $3 million per mile, according to a 2017 estimate from PG&E, versus up to $800,000 for overhead lines. Michael Cabanatuan,, "PG&E power shut-offs likely in Bay Area: What you need to know," 12 Oct. 2020 Construction crews with Fisher Industries, a controversial border wall contractor, are building the new barriers at a cost of about $30 million per mile, one of the costliest border infrastructure projects under the Trump administration. Rafael Carranza, The Arizona Republic, "Border Patrol raids No More Deaths camp near Arivaca for 2nd time in 3 months," 7 Oct. 2020 The Fair Pay Standard approved by the Seattle City Council on Tuesday allows drivers contracted with rideshare companies to earn $0.56 per minute, a per-mile rate, and charge their employers for business expenses like rest breaks and cleaning. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Seattle's ride share drivers will earn a minimum wage next year, city leaders vote," 1 Oct. 2020 Ted Kury, director of energy services at the Washington College of Business at the University of Florida, said undergrounding the lines can cost anywhere from $250,000 to $3 million per mile. al, "Reimaging Alabama’s power grid after Hurricane Sally: Bury power lines, use solar, electric cars," 29 Sep. 2020 In January 1853, the Legislature granted the company vast amounts of land--alternate sections for a distance of six miles on each side of the railroad, amounting to six sections of land per mile of track. Tom Dillard, Arkansas Online, "Laying tracks across the state," 27 Sep. 2020 Solar panels adorn the roof, and the Ocean will offer an extremely aggressive regen mode for drivers who want to eek out every last mile per kilowatt-hour. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Fisker Talks Details on Upcoming Ocean Electric Crossover," 25 Sep. 2020 The next largest customer was United Parcel Service, which also uses the Postal Service to handle some last-mile package delivery. Washington Post, "Postal Service feared Trump’s rhetoric could cost it billions in Amazon business, documents reveal," 18 Sep. 2020 Amazon declined to comment on its expansion plans, and the company has said its last-mile delivery efforts are meant to supplement, not replace, its longtime partners. Bloomberg News, oregonlive, "Amazon plans 1,000 small delivery hubs in cities, neighborhoods across U.S.," 17 Sep. 2020

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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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19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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