What is mile?

  • (noun): A Swedish unit of length equivalent to 10 km.
    Synonyms: Swedish 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 ...
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 Chilkat Pass (elevation 1,065m/3 ...
Mile - Idioms
... 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...

More definitions of "mile":

  • (noun): A former British unit of length once used in navigation; equivalent to 1828.8 meters (6000 feet).
    Synonyms: sea mile
  • (noun): A footrace extending one mile.
    Example: "He holds the record in the mile"
  • (noun): A large distance.
    Example: "He missed by a mile"
  • (noun): An ancient Roman unit of length equivalent to 1620 yards.
    Synonyms: Roman mile

Famous quotes containing the word mile:

    We got our new rifled muskets this morning. They are mostly old muskets, many of them used, altered from flint-lock to percussion ... but the power of the gun was fully as great as represented. The ball at one-fourth mile passed through the largest rails; at one-half mile almost the same.... I think it an excellent arm.
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)

    May they stumble, stage by stage
    On an endless pilgrimage,
    Dawn and dusk, mile after mile,
    At each and every step, a stile;
    Robert Graves (1895–1985)

    Telephone poles were matchsticks, put there to be snapped off at a whim. Dogs trotting across the road were suddenly big trucks. Old ladies turned into moving—vans. Everything was too bright, but very funny and made for my delight. And about half a mile from my long liquid breakfast I turned carefully down a side street and parked, and sat beaming happily through the tannic fog for about an hour, remembering how witty we all had been, how handsome and talented ... [ellipsis in original]
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908–1992)