(1)   A footrace extending one mile
"He holds the record in the mile"
(2)   A unit of length equal to 1760 yards
(3)   A Swedish unit of length equivalent to 10 km
(4)   An ancient Roman unit of length equivalent to 1620 yards
(5)   A unit of length used in navigation; equivalent to the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude; 1,852 meters
(6)   A British unit of length equivalent to 1,853.18 meters (6,082 feet)
(7)   A former British unit of length once used in navigation; equivalent to 1828.8 meters (6000 feet)
(8)   A large distance
"He missed by a mile"


Old English mīl, from a Germanic borrowing of Latin mīlia, mīllia, plural of mīle, mīlle ‘mile’ (literally ‘thousand’ but used as a short form of mille passus ‘a thousand paces’). Cognate with Dutch mijl, German Meile.


  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.
  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. One mile per hour, as a measure of speed.
    five miles over the speed limit

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