• WordNet 3.6
    • n mile a footrace extending one mile "he holds the record in the mile"
    • n mile a unit of length equal to 1,760 yards or 5,280 feet; exactly 1609.344 meters
    • n mile a Swedish unit of length equivalent to 10 km
    • n mile an ancient Roman unit of length equivalent to 1620 yards
    • n mile a unit of length used in navigation; exactly 1,852 meters; historically based on the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude
    • n mile a former British unit of length equivalent to 6,080 feet (1,853.184 meters); 800 feet longer than a statute mile
    • n mile a former British unit of length once used in navigation; equivalent to 6,000 feet (1828.8 meters)
    • n mile a large distance "he missed by a mile"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"Seven miles high!" "Seven miles high!"
Six Mile Flume. Adirondack Mountains, New York Six Mile Flume. Adirondack Mountains, New York
Birthplace of Charles Dickens, 387 Mile End Terrace, Commercial Road, Landport Birthplace of Charles Dickens, 387 Mile End Terrace, Commercial Road, Landport
Archeological explorations revealed that the colonists enjoyed archery. The iron lever shown, known as a “goat’s foot,” was used for setting the string of a light hunting crossbow. It was found 4 miles from Jamestown. showing the use of a “goat’s foot” from _Weapons, A Pictorial History_ by Edwin Tunis Archeological explorations revealed that the colonists enjoyed archery. The iron lever shown, known as a “goat’s...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Wild turkeys can run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour
    • n Mile mīl A certain measure of distance, being equivalent in England and the United States to 320 poles or rods, or 5,280 feet.☞ The distance called a mile varies greatly in different countries. Its length in yards is, in Norway, 12,182; in Brunswick, 11,816; in Sweden, 11,660; in Hungary, 9,139; in Switzerland, 8,548; in Austria, 8,297; in Prussia, 8,238; in Poland, 8,100; in Italy, 2,025; in England and the United States, 1,760; in Spain, 1,552; in the Netherlands, 1,094.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Air is passed through the nose at a speed of 100 miles per hour when a person sneezes
    • n mile An itinerary measure, modified from that of the Romans, which was equal to 1,617 English yards: used in the British empire, in the United States, and, formerly, in most European countries. The ordinary or statute mile is equal to 8 furlongs = 320 perches or poles = 1,760 yards = 5,280 feet; it was rendered legal by a statute of the thirty-fifth year of Elizabeth's reign, which prohibited building within three miles of London. This mile was probably intended to be about the length of a minute on the earth's surface, but the perch, of which it is an exact multiple, already existed. The square mile is 6.400 square chains, or 640 acres. The nautical or geographical mile has been variously defined: see phrase below. The medieval English mile (divided into 10 furlongs) was equal to 6,610 feet or 2,015 meters. The old London mile was 5,000 feet. The miles of continental Europe were of the most various lengths, and mostly represented, as it would seem, multiples of some modified Roman mile. The ancient Scottish mile was 1,976 yards = 1.123 English miles; the Irish mile, 2,240 yards = 1.273 English miles (11 Irish miles being 14 English miles). The Welsh mile was nearly. 4 miles English. The following table shows the values of some of the principal miles in meters:
    • mile A contraction of Mademoiselle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In New York City there are 6,374.6 miles of streets
    • n Mile mīl 1760 yards
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  • American Indian Proverb
    American Indian Proverb
    “Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you'll be a mile away and have his shoes.”
  • Richard Bach
    “Can miles truly separate us from friends? If we want to be with someone we love, aren't we already there?”
  • Harry S Truman
    “How do you live a long life? Take a two-mile walk every morning before breakfast.”
  • Japanese Proverb
    Japanese Proverb
    “Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.”
  • Bob Hope
    “The trees in Siberia are miles apart, that is why the dogs are so fast. [About Russia]”


By a mile - If you miss, lose, win, etc, something by a mile, there is a considerable difference in standard oir performance between you and the others. ('By miles' is also used.)
Country mile - (USA) A country mile is used to describe a long distance.
Go the extra mile - If someone is prepared to go the extra mile, they will do everything they can to help or to make something succeed, going beyond their duty what could be expected of them .
Hard miles - If you have done the hard miles, you have done the hard difficult work and that makes you eligible to comment or participate in something.
Mile a minute - To do something very quickly. For example: He was talking a mile a minute.
Miss is as good as a mile - A miss is as good as a mile means that if you fail, even by the smallest margin, it is still a failure.
Run a mile - If someone "Runs a mile", they do everything they can to avoid a situation. Example: "I was worried that he'd take one look at me and run a mile."
Square Mile - (UK) The Square Mile is the City, the financial area of London.
Walk a mile in my shoes - This idiom means that you should try to understand someone before criticising them.
Walk the green mile - Someone or something that is walking the green mile is heading towards the inevitable.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. mīl, fr. L. millia, milia,; pl. of mille, a thousand, i. e., milia passuum, a thousand paces. Cf. Mill the tenth of a cent, Million
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. mil; Fr. mille; both a contr. of L. mille passuum, a thousand paces.


In literature:

It is a somewhat irregular circle, about 60 miles in diameter, and containing an area of 2,700 square miles.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
Its length, upon an entire comparative course, is 1870 miles, and upon a particular course, about 3000 miles.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
It is eight miles long, and from half a mile to a mile wide.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
The width of the marsh or meadow in here is about half a mile to a mile.
"The Young Alaskans in the Rockies" by Emerson Hough
They were out on the plain, nearly a mile off.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The rills, on the other hand, are actually fissures, about a mile or so in width and about a quarter of a mile in depth.
"Astronomy of To-day" by Cecil G. Dolmage
The infantry pickets ought to be out three or four miles, but they are not a mile and a half advanced from the camp.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
We left the Tweed when we were within about a mile and a half or two miles of Clovenford, where we were to lodge.
"Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland A.D. 1803" by Dorothy Wordsworth
This concession, about fifteen miles long and ten miles across, was designated Kiao-chau.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
A part of this line, 130 miles long, was opened to traffic in 1856, and the remaining ninety miles the year following.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee

In poetry:

All is well: come, girls and boys,
Not a weary mile is vain!
Hark—dim laughter's radiant noise!
See the windows through the rain!
"Traveller's Song" by George MacDonald
A mile frae the shore o' the Deid Sea
The army haltit ae nicht;
Lord Archie was waukrife, an' oot gaed he
A walkin i' the munelicht.
"The Twa Gordons" by George MacDonald
If he would come to-day, to-day, to-day,
O, what a day to-day would be!
But now he's away, miles and miles away
From me across the sea.
"If" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
He gave us hope, He gave us strength;
For us His prairies smile,
The new world's untouched soils for us
Spread boundless, mile on mile.
"The Irish Emigrant. 1883" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
"When it was over, for a whim,
He ran to tell the King;
And being the reverse of slim,
A two-mile trot was not for him
A very easy thing.
"Phantasmagoria Canto V (" by Lewis Carroll
"Some two miles off, as near a wood,
Of deepest gloom I stray'd;
Struck by strange sounds, I wond'ring stood,
They echoed from the shade."
"The Hermit's Dog" by William Hayley

In news:

It was centered about 50 miles (84 kilometers) from Santiago and 4 miles (6 kilometers) from the city of Los Andes.
In all, the dam 's removal opened 33 miles of new spawning and rearing grounds for steelhead and 14 miles for salmon in the river's basin.
It's a trip I look forward to every year, and for a race fan, what could be better- two days of racing, a total of 600 miles around the concrete Monster Mile.
Westmiller said the sheen of fuel from the dredge stretched 1 mile wide by 2 miles long but had not reached the shore by early Thursday evening.
So you've got legs that go on for miles and miles.
No major damage or injury occurred, but houses shook and loud bangs were heard across the region, as the seismic incident unfolded about three miles underground, 20 miles west of Portland.
The epicenter was located 12 miles west of Perry and 22 miles east of Enid.
The US Geological Survey said on its website that the 2.8-magnitude earthquake struck Friday about 3 miles from Timpson, a town of about 1,000 people located about 70 miles southeast of Tyler.
The Ironman world championship in Kona, Hawaii, is an extreme event a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride, topped off by a marathon.
The Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, is an extreme event — a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride, topped off by a marathon.
Whether you're an LSU fan or not, or whether you're a Les Miles fan or not, be thanksful this holiday season for Les Miles.
After Arkansas offered Les Miles a 5 year $27.5 million contract to be their next head football coach, LSU responded by making Miles an even richer man.
If you know of a team, group, individual or organization that has gone the Extra Mile on the field or in the community, you can nominate them for the Gregg Young Extra Mile Award by filling in the information requested below.
Today's 122-mile run from Orchies to the fishing port of Boulogne-sur-Mer features five small climbs in the last 22 miles that could make for a dramatic finish.
Hundred of miles from any power supply the Donlin Gold Mine relies entirely on diesel fuel to operate but plans to build a 300 mile natural gas pipeline to the gold mine could change the that.

In science:

Neal et al., The Stanford Two-Mile Accelerator, Benjamin, New York, 1968.
Results from a Prototype Chicane-Based Energy Spectrometer for a Linear Collider
Miles, Jr., E. P., Generalized Fibonacci numbers and associated matrices, Amer.
Generalized Fibonacci Numbers and Blackwell's Renewal Theorem
Miles, Generalized Fibonacci Numbers and Associated Matrices.
Determinantal and Permanental Representation of Generalized Fibonacci Polynomials
Miles, Generalized Fibonacci Numbers and Associated Matrices.
Determinantal and permanental representation of generalized bivariate Fibonacci p-polynomials
Macdonald, I.G., Symmetric funtions and Hall polynomials, 2nd ed., Oxford University Press, New York/London, 1995. Miles, E., Generalized Fibonacci numbers and related matrices, Amer.
A determinant of generalized Fibonacci numbers