Meaning of MILE in English



Pronunciation: ' m ī (- ə )l

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English m ī l, from Latin milia miles, from milia passuum, literally, thousands of paces, from milia, plural of mille thousand

Date: before 12th century

1 : any of various units of distance: as a : a unit equal to 5280 feet ― see WEIGHT table b : NAUTICAL MILE

2 : a race of a mile

3 : a relatively great distance, degree, or interval ― used chiefly adverbially in plural <was mile s ahead of them in education>

– a mile a minute : with great speed <talking a mile a minute >

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