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English Dictionary: mile by the DICT Development Group
3 results for mile
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a unit of length equal to 1,760 yards or 5,280 feet; exactly 1609.344 meters
    Synonym(s): mile, statute mile, stat mi, land mile, international mile, mi
  2. a unit of length used in navigation; exactly 1,852 meters; historically based on the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude
    Synonym(s): nautical mile, mile, mi, naut mi, knot, international nautical mile, air mile
  3. a large distance; "he missed by a mile"
  4. a former British unit of length once used in navigation; equivalent to 6,000 feet (1828.8 meters)
    Synonym(s): sea mile, mile
  5. a former British unit of length equivalent to 6,080 feet (1,853.184 meters); 800 feet longer than a statute mile
    Synonym(s): nautical mile, naut mi, mile, mi, geographical mile, Admiralty mile
  6. an ancient Roman unit of length equivalent to 1620 yards
    Synonym(s): mile, Roman mile
  7. a Swedish unit of length equivalent to 10 km
    Synonym(s): mile, mil, Swedish mile
  8. a footrace extending one mile; "he holds the record in the mile"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Mile \Mile\, n. [AS. m[c6]l, fr. L. millia, milia; pl. of mille
      a thousand, i. e., milia passuum a thousand paces. Cf. {Mill}
      the tenth of a cent, {Million}.]
      A certain measure of distance, being equivalent in England
      and the United States to 320 poles or rods, or 5,280 feet.
      Note: 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.
      {Geographical}, [or] {Nautical mile}, one sixtieth of a
            degree of a great circle of the earth, or 6080.27 feet.
      {Mile run}. Same as {Train mile}. See under {Train}.
      {Roman mile}, a thousand paces, equal to 1,614 yards English
      {Statute mile}, a mile conforming to statute, that is, in
            England and the United States, a mile of 5,280 feet, as
            distinguished from any other mile.

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
      (from Lat. mille, "a thousand;" Matt. 5:41), a Roman measure of
      1,000 paces of 5 feet each. Thus the Roman mile has 1618 yards,
      being 142 yards shorter than the English mile.
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