nelson miles

Miles

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

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mile
O.E. mil, from W.Gmc. *milja, from L. mila "thousands," pl. of mille "a thousand" (neuter plural was mistaken in Gmc. as fem. sing.). 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 L. word was applied arbitrarily to the ancient Germanic rasta, a measure of from 3.25 to 6 English miles. Mile-a-minute (adj.) is attested from 1957.
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mile   (mīl)  Pronunciation Key 
  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.


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