What is mile?

  • (noun): An ancient Roman unit of length equivalent to 1620 yards.
    Synonyms: Roman mile
    See also — Additional definitions below


A mile is a unit of length, most commonly 5,280 feet (1,760 yards, or about 1,609 meters). The mile of 5,280 feet is sometimes called the statute mile or land mile to distinguish it from the nautical mile (1,852 metres, about 6,076.1 feet). There have also been many historical miles and similar units in other systems that may be translated into English as miles; they have varied in length from 1 to 15 kilometres.

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Some articles on mile:

Oklahoma State Highway 33 - Route Description - Creek County
... Mile 209.8 is the county line, and shortly thereafter at mile 210.2, SH-33 Bypass provides a route for trucks to circumnavigate Drumright to the north and west ... At mile 211.9, on the east side of Drumright, SH-99 diverges to the north toward Pawhuska, and SH-16 travels south toward Muskogee ... SH-48 intersects SH-33 at mile 223.1, which goes south to Bristow and north to Cleveland ...
Mile - Idioms
... to the metric system (for example, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand), the mile is still used in a variety of idioms ... These include A country mile is used colloquially to denote a very long distance ... A miss is as good as a mile" (failure by a narrow margin is no better than any other failure) "Give him an inch and he'll take a mile" - a corruption of "Give him an inch and he'll take an ell" (the person in ...
Last Mile
... The "last mile" or "last kilometer" is a phrase used by the telecommunications and cable television and internet industries to refer to the final leg of the telecommunications networks delivering communications ... The word "mile" is used metaphorically, the length of the "last mile" link may be more or less than a mile ... Because the last mile of a network to the user is also the first mile from the user to the world when he is sending data (such as uploading), the term "first mile" is sometimes used ...
Towns and Places Along The Haines Highway
... Haines, Alaska, km 0/mile 0 Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, km 15–50/mile 9–31 Klukwan, Alaska, km 34/mile 21 U.S.–Canadian border, km 66/mile 41 ...
Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run
... The Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run ("Vermont 100") is a 100 mile (162 km) long ultramarathon held annually in July at Silver Hill Meadow in West Windsor, Vermont ... It is one of the four 100 mile races that comprise the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning ...

More definitions of "mile":

  • (noun): A footrace extending one mile.
    Example: "He holds the record in the mile"
  • (noun): A former British unit of length once used in navigation; equivalent to 1828.8 meters (6000 feet).
    Synonyms: sea mile
  • (noun): A large distance.
    Example: "He missed by a mile"
  • (noun): A Swedish unit of length equivalent to 10 km.
    Synonyms: Swedish mile

Famous quotes containing the word mile:

    I have got enough of the old masters! Brown says he has “shook” them, and I think I will shake them, too. You wander through a mile of picture galleries and stare stupidly at ghastly old nightmares done in lampblack and lightning, and listen to the ecstatic encomiums of the guides, and try to get up some enthusiasm, but it won’t come.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)

    There was a crooked man, and he went a crooked mile,
    He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile:
    He bought a crooked cat which caught a crooked mouse,
    And they all lived together in a little crooked house.
    Mother Goose (fl. 17th–18th century. There was a crooked man, and he went a crooked mile (l. 1–4)

    As you find a rhythm
    Working you, slow mile by mile,
    Into your proper haunt
    Somewhere, well out, beyond . . .
    Seamus Heaney (b. 1939)