nautical mile


Definition of nautical mile

: any of various units of distance used for sea and air navigation based on the length of a minute of arc of a great circle of the earth and differing because the earth is not a perfect sphere: such as
a : a British unit equal to 6080 feet (1853.2 meters)
b : an international unit equal to exactly 1852 meters (6076.115 feet or 1.15 statute miles) used officially in the U.S. since July 1, 1954

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An Israeli official confirmed Palestinian reports on Friday that Israel had resumed fuel deliveries that were cut off earlier this week, and extended the fishing zone up to 15 nautical miles from 10 nautical miles. Washington Post, "Israel eases some restrictions on Gaza in unofficial truce," 28 June 2019 The same ships have traveled more than 26,000 nautical miles including visits to China and Ecuador, according to the federation. Richard Tribou,, "With no U.S. cruise ships, Cuba welcomes Russian warship," 26 June 2019 It's expected to enter service in 2023, offering a range of up to 4,700 nautical miles. Lily Jackson |,, "Council member: New aerospace supplier coming to Mobile," 19 June 2019 That plane should will be ready for customers in 2023 and be able to fly up to 4,700 nautical miles. CBS News, "Boeing CEO admits "mistake" in handling 737 Max warnings," 17 June 2019 The plane should will be ready for customers in 2023 and be able to fly up to 4,700 nautical miles. Angela Charlton,, "Boeing's 'sorry' for 737 Max crashes draws mixed responses from victims' families, airlines," 17 June 2019 The plane should will be ready for customers in 2023 and be able to fly up to 4,700 nautical miles. Washington Post, "Boeing says ‘sorry’ for Max crashes, seeks renewed trust," 17 June 2019 After much fanfare leading up to its maiden voyage, the Swedish ship capsized and sank in 1628, having sailed less than a nautical mile. Jonathan Irish, National Geographic, "10 Experiences You Can Only Have in Scandinavia," 8 Apr. 2019 Those big ships had dominated the seas with their big guns, which measured up to 18 inches in diameter in the case of Japan’s Yamato class, with ranges of up to 20 nautical miles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "As It Begins Its Second Century, Is the Aircraft Carrier Obsolete?," 5 Nov. 2018

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1830, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nautical mile

: a unit of distance equal to 1,852 meters or 1.15 miles that is used for sea and air travel

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