Meaning of MILE in English
mile S1 W1 /maɪl/ BrE AmE noun [countable]
[ Language: Old English ; Origin: mil , from Latin milia passum 'thousands of paces' ]
1 . ( written abbreviation m ) a unit for measuring distance, equal to 1,760 ↑ yard s or about 1,609 metres:
It’s forty miles from here to the Polish border.
an area 50 miles wide and 150 miles long
We walked about half a mile.
He was driving at 70 miles per hour.
2 . the mile a race that is a mile in length:
the first man to run the mile in under four minutes
3 . miles informal a very long distance
We were miles from home, and very tired.
You can’t go to Portsmouth, it’s miles away.
You can see for miles from here.
They lived in a little cottage miles from anywhere (=a long way from the nearest town) .
4 . go the extra mile to try a little harder in order to achieve something, after you have already used a lot of effort:
The president expressed his determination to go the extra mile for peace.
5 . stick out/stand out a mile informal to be very easy to see or notice:
It sticks out a mile that you’re new here.
6 . can see/spot/tell something a mile off informal if you can see something a mile off, it is very easy to notice:
You can tell a mile off that he likes you.
7 . be miles away spoken to not be paying attention to anything that is happening around you:
‘Kate!’ ‘Sorry, I was miles away!’
8 . miles older/better/too difficult etc British English informal very much older, better, too difficult etc SYN loads :
The second film’s miles better.
9 . by a mile informal by a very large amount:
He was the best player on the pitch by a mile.
10 . miles out British English informal a measurement, guess, or calculation that is miles out is completely wrong
11 . join the mile high club informal to have sex in a plane
⇨ ↑ nautical mile , ⇨ run a mile at ↑ run 1 (38)
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012