mile

noun
\ ˈmī(-ə)l How to pronounce mile (audio) \

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

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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More than 21 miles of permanent levees and floodwalls have been built, more than 240 homes on the flood plain have been bought out, and 17 new lift stations have been added to pump water out of storm sewers into the river. Dave Kolpack, The Seattle Times, "As flood looms, North Dakota’s largest city back to bagging," 29 Mar. 2019 The Long Range model starts at $47,000, and will get up to 300 miles of range. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Tesla Reveals the New Model Y Crossover," 15 Mar. 2019 Dozens of Uber cars were driving around both cities, racking up more than two million miles of testing under the supervision of safety drivers. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Uber resumes testing self-driving cars nine months after deadly crash," 20 Dec. 2018 The driver will then usher the bot to a drop off near the delivery location and Serve will finish the last mile of the trip, saving the human driver time and gas money. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Postmates’ new autonomous robot wants to deliver your sushi," 17 Dec. 2018 The biggest version of the truck will have a 180kWh battery that will allow more than 400 miles of range, according to Rivian. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The all-electric Rivian R1T is a dream truck for adventurers," 26 Nov. 2018 Altogether, the area has more than 200 miles of runs, and one pass gains skiers and boarders access to all of them. Heidi Mitchell, Town & Country, "Skiing St. Moritz in Style," 1 Nov. 2018 Take your time and enjoy miles of rolling single tracks and stunning vistas. Discover Magazine, "7 Family Friendly Bucket List Adventures in Beaver Creek," 17 Aug. 2018 The facility would be connected to more than 500 miles of pipelines from the Permian Basin in West Texas to the Gulf Coast. Rye Druzin, Houston Chronicle, "$550 million Texas natural gas project gets tax abatements from Nueces County," 13 July 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)
: a great distance
: a race that is a mile long

mile

noun
\ 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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