Mile n. 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 mile 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 measure.
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.
n 1: a unit of length equal to 1760 yards [syn: statute mile, stat
mi, land mile, mi]
2: a unit of length used in navigation; equivalent to the
distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude; 1,852
meters [syn: nautical 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 1828.8 meters (6000 feet) [syn: sea mile]
5: a British unit of length equivalent to 1,853.18 meters
(6,082 feet) [syn: nautical mile, naut mi, mi, geographical
mile, Admiralty mile]
6: an ancient Roman unit of length equivalent to 1620 yards
[syn: Roman mile]
7: a Swedish unit of length equivalent to 10 km [syn: Swedish
8: a footrace extending one mile; "he holds the record in the
(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.