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three-mile limit

[three-mahyl] /ˈθriˌmaɪl/
noun, International Law.
the limit of the marine belt of three miles (4.8 km), which is included within the jurisdiction of the state possessing the coast.
Origin of three-mile limit
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • That question, as well as the whole matter of the three-mile limit, is bound to demand further consideration in the near future.

  • The smaller bays and coves are reserved also within the three-mile limit.

    Commercial Geography Jacques W. Redway
  • That portion of the sea which is within the three-mile limit is for the purposes of peaceful navigation a part of the open sea.

    International Law George Grafton Wilson and George Fox Tucker
  • No more refreshments now until they had passed the three-mile limit!

    Tales of the Five Towns Arnold Bennett
  • It was dark by the time the merchant submarine was approaching the three-mile limit.

    Aircraft and Submarines Willis J. Abbot.
  • He braced himself against the wheel and steered off-shore for the three-mile limit.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • You have the right, as captain of a ship outside the three-mile limit, to marry folks in an emergency.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • A quarter of an hour after passing the torpedo-boat we had crossed the three-mile limit, and were in enemy territory.

  • As a matter of fact, outside the three-mile limit, she practically owns the waters of the world.

    The War After the War Isaac Frederick Marcosson
  • They also claimed an interest in the fur seals, involving the right to protect them outside the three-mile limit.

British Dictionary definitions for three-mile limit

three-mile limit

(international law) the range of a nation's territorial waters, extending to three nautical miles from shore
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