a unit of length in the FPS system, equal to 5,280 feet or 1,760 yards or 8 furlongs (1.609344 kilometers or 0.869 nautical mile); statute mile: abbrev. mi
Origin of mileMiddle English from Old English mil, plural mila from West Germanic an unverified form milja from Classical Latin milia, plural of mille, thousand, in milia passuum, thousand paces, mile
a mile a minute
Informal very rapidly: to talk a mile a minute
- Abbr. mi. or mi A unit of length equal to 5,280 feet or 1,760 yards (1,609 meters), used in the United States and other English-speaking countries. Also called land mile . Also called statute mile . measurement
- A nautical mile.
- An air mile.
- Sports A race that is one mile long.
- A relatively great distance: had to walk for miles in the airport.
Origin of mileMiddle English from Old English mīl from Latin mīlia (passuum) a thousand (double paces), a Roman mile pl. of mīlle thousand ; see gheslo- in Indo-European roots.