Meaning of MILE in English

MILE

noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

30 mile/360 kilometre/2 hour etc round trip

A coachload of supporters made the 700-mile round trip to South Devon.

a further 10 miles/5 minutes etc

Cook gently for a further 10 minutes.

a half hour/mile etc

You can’t just waltz in a half hour late.

It’s about a half mile down the road.

a half day excursion to the island

He demanded a half share of the money.

a mile or so (= about a mile or possibly a little more )

There’s a motel a mile or so down the road .

come 50/100 etc miles/kilometres

Some of the birds have come thousands of miles to winter here.

five metres/two miles etc wide

The river is more than fifty yards wide.

five miles/ten feet etc away

Geneva is about 20 miles away.

food miles

Reducing food miles would reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

for miles around

Catherine was the most beautiful girl for miles around .

good for some time/a hundred miles etc

This old truck is good for another 100,000 miles.

half a mile/pound/hour etc

half a pound of butter

It’s about half a mile down the road.

She drank half a bottle of wine.

half a million dollars

miles per gallon

The car does about 50 miles per gallon .

miles/kilometres an hour (= used in speeds )

The speed limit is 65 miles an hour.

miles/kilometres per hour (= used for measuring speed )

a speed limit of 40 miles per hour

mouse miles

nautical mile

sea mile

two metres/three miles etc long

The bridge is 140 feet long.

two miles/six feet etc apart

Place the two posts 6 metres apart.

walk a mile/200 metres/a short distance etc

We must have walked ten miles today.

I walked all the way to San Rafael.

within a 10-mile/200-metre etc radius

There are more than a dozen golf courses within a 15-mile radius of St Andrews.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

extra

In this case, the move of premises meant that the employee had to travel an extra 40 miles each day.

And it diminishes the employees' desire to go the extra mile when supervisors need them to.

All this when her only motivation was to go the extra mile under all circumstances.

Rammi, walking an extra mile to show me a well, then carrying home my water on her head.

Every extra mile is charged at about 10 pence, and there is a 30 pence an hour waiting time.

This is a nationwide competition to find the postie who goes that extra mile to deliver mail.

nautical

Under the terms of the agreement Trinidad and Tobago's maritime boundary was to be increased to 350 nautical miles .

This marks the site of one of the Admiralty's measured nautical miles .

One minute of latitude at the Equator was defined as a nautical mile .

square

A square mile of orchards shows no sign of anyone picking anything.

Ducks were by the square mile , millions of them.

A huge, 150 square mile , national forest is now in the process of being planted in the East Midlands.

That was a piece of cake compared to finding a square mile without an ad.

A decision which would produce an all-Highland single-tier authority covering 10,000 square miles may seem contradictory to that objective.

He said the warlord's militia controlled less than a square mile of the city.

The Mojave and Sonoran deserts cover 40,000 square miles of remarkably diverse terrain.

They chose an area of twenty-four square miles in north Oxfordshire and spent a whole spring filming every aspect of life there.

■ NOUN

east

Robert Walker, the prosperous-looking president of Turf Paradise, can see his doom approaching from 20 miles east .

Sixty miles east of the capital is Terelj.

It is around 22 miles east of Cheltenham, 20 miles west of Oxford and 18 miles north of Swindon.

Lamphey Place, two miles east of Pembroke, was an important possession of the bishops of St Davids.

A body was found on Saturday in Okanagan lake 200 miles east of Vancouver.

The Constellation crashed on Auchinweet Farm, on the eastern edge of Tarbolton parish, about 5 miles east of the airport.

half

In a short half mile we would leave the Lake shore, and make for home along the gravel of the road.

He directs us to a good campsite a half mile down the beach at the base of a fresh-water estuary.

Arriving late to find all moving stairways were out of order a panicky half mile sprint was needed to catch our plane.

A water pipe jutted from the sandy village main street another half mile to the east.

But a half mile down the road after some other diversion, I lose him.

The nearest distraction is probably the Concord Turnpike, a half mile north of the pond.

north

Running low on fuel Fuchida headed directly back to the battle fleet, now 190 miles north of Oahu.

The nearest distraction is probably the Concord Turnpike, a half mile north of the pond.

Fifteen miles north of Cambridge is the splendid Romanesque cathedral at Ely.

They are centred approximately 30 miles north east of Anglesey.

The village of Weston in which Leapor would have lived for some time was six miles north of Brackley.

The tiny vessel Miami Vice broke down five miles north of the Liverpool Bar shortly after 11am yesterday.

It was found abandoned about half a mile north in Leaburn Street.

quarter

The run used to be three miles but I added a quarter mile spur in order to use the time to best advantage.

Another refused to walk a quarter mile to school, insisting that daily transportation be provided.

It stretches for three and a quarter miles from Leven to the river Hull.

Cave walls painted with Aboriginal drawings, a gorge about a quarter mile deep, filled with only eucalyptus and birds.

We go off to another site, reached by a quarter mile trek along the main railway line.

A saguaro-studded slope a quarter mile away glows with a fuzzy light.

It's sited only about a quarter mile from the northern boundary fence.

We walked to the elevators through about a quarter mile of post-modernist interior decor, pretty well disguised as fake ecru adobe.

radius

Those living outside a 50 mile radius £ 10 per year.

The volunteers may go with chaperones anywhere they want within a 25-mile radius of the center.

With over 34,000 hotel beds within a 30 mile radius of Birmingham, the city can accommodate even the largest international events.

All life, plant and animal, within a mile radius of Ground Zero simply vanished.

Most of the firms concerned are small and lie within a 10 mile radius of the University.

The group also looked for John Deere equipment in a 20-mile radius .

Within a five mile radius there are several pubs and restaurants.

It has 13 heavy metal and 12 chemical factories all lumped together within a several mile radius .

south

After the board meeting, they drove fifty miles south of Auckland to meet Forster for lunch.

Fifteen miles south of Garberville my eyes began to close and I pulled over and slept for half an hour.

Louth in Lincolnshire, 16 miles south of Grimsby, is a pleasant little country market town.

Edward Plantagenet was massing his forces at Bamborough, sixteen miles south of Berwick, not at Carlisle.

Three miles south the Imperial War Museum has an exciting collection of military and civil aircraft at Duxford airfield.

The nearest centre with camping, chip shops, pubs etc is St Just, five miles south down the B3306.

west

Start/finish: Car park, just over half a mile west of Harbottle village.

It is around 22 miles east of Cheltenham, 20 miles west of Oxford and 18 miles north of Swindon.

By air Leeds-Bradford Airport is at Yeadon, seven miles west of Leeds.

Coleraine Division Rascahan Bridge, one mile west of Limavady - temporary diversion around bridge.

The accident happened half a mile west of the Melsonby crossroads last September.

Sited ten miles west of Oxford is the small market town of Witney.

South Cave is situated twelve miles west of Hull.

■ VERB

cover

They learned that the fall-out from the Bikini explosion had covered 7,000 square miles .

Each covers about one mile and takes about 90 minutes.

The race, covering 28.5 miles , will start at Aberdeen and finish at Peterhead.

It would cover four square miles and be the second biggest in the country.

The Survey was under constant pressure to cover as many square miles of ground as possible every year.

A decision which would produce an all-Highland single-tier authority covering 10,000 square miles may seem contradictory to that objective.

The athletes, often fell-runners, who are out to win can cover the three miles in just over fifteen minutes.

I had to cover more than fifteen miles a day.

drive

Because Southern Californians drive nearly 100 million miles every day in their cars - carefree perhaps but not cost-free.

Unfortunately, we sailed straight into a terrible storm, which drove us many miles eastward.

A hundred Deutschmarks and they'd driven scarcely a mile .

They then drove fifteen miles before dumping him on the Buckinghamshire border.

I drove about half a mile through the back streets before I found what I was looking for.

I had driven 80 miles on the wettest day of the summer.

If he'd driven at 40 miles an hour he would have driven straight past.

lie

Toftingall, which lies a few miles south from the village of Watten, was one of the first Caithness lochs we fished.

The oasis lay 150 miles south of Benghazi and the enemy airfields strung out along the Gulf of Sirte.

Ahead lie 1700 miles of treacherous mountain roads and 21 passes.

Most of the firms concerned are small and lie within a 10 mile radius of the University.

The man had never seen it, although it lay only twenty miles to the north.

Haddo House and its 180 acres of gardens lies about 20 miles north of Aberdeen.

live

I live only half a mile from the canal, and visit those parts of it nearby regularly.

I wanted a woman of my own, not some one who was married and lived a mile up the road.

You nomes in the Store didn't know about my people, and we lived a few miles away.

Many of my constituents live 50 miles from the nearest district general hospital.

They lived less than a mile from the Elizabeth River, and Taylor remembers hearing ships' whistles at night.

At sixteen they had her married to a cousin who lived about a mile away.

All these years then, or for some of them, Rufus had been living three or four miles from him.

run

I'd rather run the mile than face Elizabeth in one of her tempers.

The road runs for another mile and then terminates, at the top of a hill.

Aragorn can run 135 miles in three days; he lives in full vigour for 210 years, dying on his birthday.

Some of the tunnels must have run for miles , winding in and out of the channels of water that threaded everywhere.

He now runs 30 miles a week.

He wondered what she'd do if she ever met a Chinaman or a black slave. Run a mile probably.

Owen Anderson kicks off by telling you the physical changes that occur when you run 26.2 miles .

stretch

Of sand, surf and sea stretching for mile after mile after mile into the blue haze.

Endlessly, the weeks stretched out, like mile upon mile of ocean.

A convoy of cars stretching for miles was escorted by Merseyside Police outriders.

It stretched for miles in each direction, with not a soul to be seen.

An audience can only sit at the front of the stage and the hall stretches back for miles .

Silhouetted sticks of rotted snow barriers emphasise godforsaken desert stretching for endless miles .

The village itself stretches for about a mile southwards from the Driffield-Bridlington road.

Five miles away the Ceredigion heritage coast stretches for miles and miles.

travel

In this case, the move of premises meant that the employee had to travel an extra 40 miles each day.

About 350, 000 people travelled the two-thousand-mile trail from the settlements to the West Coast.

Why it had taken him all day to travel thirty odd miles was not explained.

Read in studio Bird watchers are travelling from miles around to view the latest addition to a clifftop nest.

At £93, each passenger is travelling about 37 miles for every £1.

They had travelled 2,000 miles only to be disappointed by cruel coincidence.

Passengers travelling 230 miles to Amsterdam fork out £136.

David arrived in London with Angie, having travelled more that 8,000 miles overland.

walk

He intends to push the record to over 9000 miles by walking another 2000 miles to complete the circuit.

I started walking a half- mile each night with my wife, Melba.

They walked for miles on the hilltops in the strong clean wind, alone with the birds and the sheep.

Another refused to walk a quarter mile to school, insisting that daily transportation be provided.

As she only had one lead rope, Perdita had to walk both ponies the mile and a half back to Robinsgrove.

He felt as if he had walked for miles and knew that he had certainly had too much to drink.

Others had walked a mile to a well and were carting back three large brass pots stacked on their heads.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

3 metres/5 miles etc short of sth

a good three miles/ten years etc

do 10 miles/20 kms etc

give or take a few minutes/a penny/a mile etc

give sb an inch and they'll take a yard/mile

layer upon layer/mile upon mile etc

run a mile

And though injured himself he ran a mile over rough terrain to fetch help.

Could you walk two miles in thirty minutes or run a mile in ten or twelve minutes?

If anyone had told her then that one day she would join the royal family she would have run a mile.

Luke Hunter would probably run a mile rather than meet her again.

You could run a mile, but you're too disciplined and responsible for that.

see sb coming (a mile off)

Beyond him, I could see the camp coming alive.

Birds, like planes, usually face into the wind, so they do not see the plane coming.

He looked up to see Norm coming down the driveway.

One of the man-things had seen them coming and shouted a warning.

Sarah Fleming saw them coming through the window of the front room.

She saw him coming and intended to give him a wide berth.

That Salvor Hardin had seen it coming made it none the more pleasant.

We were heading for the landing zone and could even see a chopper coming toward us.

square metre/mile etc

A square mile of orchards shows no sign of anyone picking anything.

Half a dozen females share a nest, a simple hollow within the square mile or so of a male's territory.

Having lived in Deptford all his life, Albie knew every jabber, snorter, speed-freak and pot-head in sixteen square miles.

It would cover four square miles and be the second biggest in the country.

Researchers have found the soil to be infested with around 500 grubs per square metre instead of the usual five or so.

The basins are scattered over 20,000 square miles and fed by underground rivers which extend through Nevada, Utah and California.

The Buxton Springs are surrounded by 550 square miles of spectacular natural landscape.

This system was probably capable of supporting about 400 people per square mile.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Dane's father lives about a mile from here.

Mark jogs as least five miles a day.

The car gets about thirty miles to the gallon.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Edgcote House, situated about 8 miles northwest of Brackley, was a somewhat larger house than Weston Hall.

Eighteen miles is not far at all, she says.

Huge jams built up behind the 74-year-old pensioner as he crawled for five miles along the inside lane of the dual-carriageway A1.

Maybe you have to throw a coat over your nightie and pick them up from miles away in the car.

Now his voice was coming over five thousand miles of air and five hundred years of diverse progress.

The first goal he scored in the famous Burnley game was really something special, he lobs the goalie from miles out.

The gas was piped over a quarter of a mile to the Hall and stables.

The main obstacle was the steep Crooksbury Hill after 19 miles, with the Punchbowl being a descent.

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