|Origin:||mil, from Latin milia passum 'thousands of paces'|
Related topics: Measurement
mile S1 W1 [countable]
1 written abbreviation mTM
a unit for measuring distance, equal to 1760 yards or about 1609 metres:
It's forty miles from here to the Polish border.
an area 50 miles wide and 150 miles long
We walked about half a mile.
He was driving at 70 miles per hour.
a race that is a mile in length:
the first man to run the mile in under four minutes
a very long distance
We were miles from home, and very tired.
You can't go to Portsmouth, it's miles away.
They lived in a little cottage miles from anywhere (=a long way from the nearest town).
to try a little harder in order to achieve something, after you have already used a lot of effort:
The president expressed his determination to go the extra mile for peace.
to be very easy to see or notice:
It sticks out a mile that you're new here.
if you can see something a mile off, it is very easy to notice:
You can tell a mile off that he likes you.
to not be paying attention to anything that is happening around you:
'Kate!' 'Sorry, I was miles away!'
8 British English informal
very much older, better, too difficult etc [= loads]:
The second film's miles better.
by a very large amount:
He was the best player on the pitch by a mile.
10 British English informal
a measurement, guess, or calculation that is miles out is completely wrong
to have sex in a plane