three-mile limit


: the limit of the marginal sea of three miles included in the territorial waters of a state

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The prosecutors contended that the three-mile limit for California’s waters should be calculated from an imaginary line in the Pacific connecting the bay’s two headlands: Point Vicente and Point Dume. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'three-mile limit.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of three-mile limit was in 1876

Dictionary Entries Near three-mile limit

Cite this Entry

“Three-mile limit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.