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sea mile

noun
Origin of sea mile
1790-1800
1790-1800
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  • A knot is a sea-mile; but I mean when she is going along at fair speed.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • From Reykir is the shortest distance to the island, about one sea-mile.

  • The shortest passage from the island to the mainland is one sea-mile.

  • Every sea-mile of the great expanse is equally a danger zone.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • It is but a little way from Reeks out to the island, one sea-mile only.

    The Story of Grettir The Strong Translated by Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris
  • Now the shortest way to the mainland from the island, was a sea-mile long.

    The Story of Grettir The Strong Translated by Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris
  • But when it was heard that Grettir had swam a sea-mile, all deemed his prowess both on sea and land to be marvellous.

    The Story of Grettir The Strong Translated by Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris
  • What matters it to us that a Norwegian land-mile contains seven of our miles, and a sea-mile four?

    Three in Norway James Arthur Lees
  • When it became known that Grettir had swum a sea-mile, every one thought his courage extraordinary both on sea and on land.

  • The highest speed claimed for her that day is of one sea-mile an hour.

British Dictionary definitions for sea-mile

sea mile

noun
1.
a unit of distance used in navigation, defined as the length of one minute of arc, measured along the meridian, in the latitude of the position. Its actual length varies slightly with latitude but is about 1853 metres (6080 feet) M See also nautical mile
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