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 British unit equal to 6080 feet (1853.2 meters)
: 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

Examples of nautical mile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The remote Australian territory, located about 190 nautical miles south of Indonesia, is host to one of the world’s most singular natural occurrences. Lauren Leffer, Popular Science, 11 July 2024 Open-source satellite data placed the Russian warships just 26 nautical miles from Key Largo on Tuesday morning. Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald, 12 June 2024 Where to eat: Being only 91 nautical miles from Havana means Key West hosts some top-notch Cuban restaurants. Catherine Garcia, theweek, 5 Mar. 2024 Maritime reporting corroborated that claim: a vessel around 85-100 nautical miles east of Aden reported minor damage after an explosion nearby. Armstrong Williams, Baltimore Sun, 16 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for nautical mile 

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nautical mile was in 1830

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“Nautical mile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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nautical mile

: any of various units of distance used for sea and air navigation equal to about 6076 feet (1852 meters)

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