follow Dictionary.com

How do you spell Hannukah?

Miles

[mahylz] /maɪlz/
noun
1.
Nelson Appleton, 1839–1925, U.S. army officer.
2.
a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “merciful.”.

mile

[mahyl] /maɪl/
noun
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).
4.
any of various other units of distance or length at different periods and in different countries.
Compare Roman mile.
5.
a notable distance or margin:
missed the target by a mile.
Abbreviation: mi, mi.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English mīl < Latin mīlia (passuum) a thousand (paces)
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for Miles
  • His first coanchor was susan spencer, replaced a few years later by pat Miles.
  • The goal posts could be from a few hundred feet apart to a few Miles.
British Dictionary definitions for Miles

Miles

/maɪlz/
noun
1.
Bernard, Baron Miles of Blackfriars. 1907–91, British actor and theatre manager. He founded the Mermaid Theatre in London, and was known as a character actor

mile

/maɪl/
noun
1.
Also called statute mile. a unit of length used in the UK, the US, and certain other countries, equal to 1760 yards. 1 mile is equivalent to 1.609 34 kilometres
2.
3.
4.
any of various units of length used at different times and places, esp the Roman mile, equivalent to 1620 yards
5.
(often pl) (informal) a great distance; great deal: he missed by a mile
6.
a race extending over a mile
adverb
7.
miles, (intensifier): he likes his new job miles better
Word Origin
Old English mīl, from Latin mīlia (passuum) a thousand (paces)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for Miles

mile

n.

Old English mil, from West Germanic *milja (cf. Middle Dutch mile, Dutch mijl, Old High German mila, German meile), from Latin mila "thousands," plural of mille "a thousand" (neuter plural was mistaken in Germanic as a fem. singular), of unknown origin.

The Latin word also is the source of French mille, Italian miglio, Spanish milla. The Scandinavian words (Old Norse mila, etc.) are from English. An ancient Roman mile was 1,000 double paces (one step with each foot), for about 4,860 feet, but there were many local variants and a modern statute mile is about 400 feet longer. In Germany, Holland, and Scandinavia in the Middle Ages, the Latin word was applied arbitrarily to the ancient Germanic rasta, a measure of from 3.25 to 6 English miles. Mile-a-minute (adj.) "very fast" is attested from 1957.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Miles in Science
mile
  (mīl)   
  1. A unit of length in the US Customary System, equal to 5,280 feet or 1,760 yards (about 1.61 kilometers). Also called statute mile.

  2. See nautical mile. See Table at measurement.


The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for Miles

mile

Related Terms

go the extra mile, stick out


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
Miles in the Bible

(from Lat. mille, "a thousand;" Matt. 5:41), a Roman measure of 1,000 paces of 5 feet each. Thus the Roman mile has 1618 yards, being 142 yards shorter than the English mile.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with Miles

mile

In addition to the idioms beginning with mile
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for Miles

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for Miles

7
9
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with Miles

Nearby words for miles