Definition: Mile

From New World Encyclopedia
  1. A unit of measure (length or distance) equal to 5,280 feet (8 furlongs) in the U.S.Customary/Imperial system of measurements. One mile is equal to 1.609344 km. [1]
  2. A Roman unit of measure equal to 1000 (double) steps (mille passus or mille passuum) or 5000 Roman feet (approx. 1480m).
  3. A track race of one mile in length; sometimes used to refer to the 1500m race.
    The runners competed in the mile.
  4. A great distance.
    The shot missed by a mile.
  5. (informal) One mile per hour, as a measure of speed.
    five miles over the speed limit


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