Pronunciation: (mīl), [key]
1. Also called statute mile. a unit of distance on land in English-speaking countries equal to 5280 feet, or 1760 yards (1.609 kilometers).
2. See nautical mile.
3. See international nautical mile.
4. any of various other units of distance or length at different periods and in different countries. Cf. Roman mile.
5. a notable distance or margin: missed the target by a mile. Abbr.: mi, mi.
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