Meaning of MILE in English


/ maɪl; NAmE / noun


[ C ] a unit for measuring distance equal to 1 609 metres or 1 760 yards :

a 20-mile drive to work

an area of four square miles

a mile-long procession

The nearest bank is about half a mile down the road.

We did about 30 miles a day on our cycling trip.

The car must have been doing at least 100 miles an hour.

( BrE )

My car does 35 miles to the gallon.

( NAmE )

My car gets 35 miles to the gallon.

—see also Air Miles , mph , nautical mile


miles [ pl. ] a large area or a long distance :

miles and miles of desert

There isn't a house for miles around here.

I'm not walking—it's miles away .


[ C , usually pl. ] ( informal ) very much; far :

I'm feeling miles better today, thanks.

I'm miles behind with my work.

She's taller than you by a mile.


the mile [ sing. ] a race over one mile :

He ran the mile in less than four minutes.

a four-minute mile


- be miles away

- go the extra mile (for sb/sth)

- miles from anywhere

- run a mile (from sb/sth)

- see, spot, tell, smell, etc. sth a mile off

- stand / stick out a mile

—more at inch noun , miss noun



Old English mīl , based on Latin mil(l)ia , plural of mille thousand (the original Roman unit of distance was mille passus a thousand paces).

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.