\ 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 usually plural was miles ahead of them in education sometimes used adverbially This 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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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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The two projectiles were launched from Kaechon, north of Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, toward the sea off the North’s east coast, flying up to 205 miles, the South Korean military said in a statement., "It was the eighth time North Korea has tested ballistic missiles or other projectiles since late July, and the first weapons test in 17 days.," 11 Sep. 2019 At the same time, city planners believe the average vehicle miles traveled per person will decrease by 31 percent, from 25 miles per day to 17 miles per day. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Can Mission Valley handle 50,000 more residents?," 8 Sep. 2019 The communications delay with the spacecraft across such a distance — the moon is more than 200,000 miles from Earth — meant that the space agency had limited control over the descent. New York Times, "India Says It Has Located Chandrayaan-2 Lander on Moon’s Surface," 8 Sep. 2019 On a side street off Euclid Avenue, the car was driven at 35-45 miles per hour., "Sex, jealousy lead to fight over man: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 6 Sep. 2019 Turns out, not many people wanted to live in the middle of the desert, miles from the nearest highway and hours from the closest city. Wired, "The Unbuilt Streets of California's Ghost Metropolis," 5 Sep. 2019 And yet all of it is surrounded by water, no part of the park is more than 30 miles from the ocean’s coast. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Very Best National Parks You Need to Visit," 5 Sep. 2019 Hurricane-force winds extended up to 60 miles from its center, while tropical storm-force winds could be felt up to 175 miles from the core. Michael Weissenstein,, "Bahamians begin rescues as Hurricane Dorian moves on toward the U.S. coast," 4 Sep. 2019 Hurricane force winds now extend 70 miles from the eye of the storm and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles. Chris Morris, Fortune, "As Hurricane Dorian Snakes Along the East Coast, Georgia and South Carolina Brace for Storm," 4 Sep. 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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to spread over or through

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