Adjective "Miles" definition and examples

(Miles may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/mʌɪl/

Definitions and examples

noun

A unit of linear measure equal to 1,760 yards (approximately 1.609 kilometres).
  1. 'It seems to me like if it takes more kilometers to make a mile, then it should take more kilograms to make a pound.'
  2. 'The same numbers apply if I measure distance in miles or centimeters or any other unit.'
  3. 'Cross-channel trains reach speeds of up to 160 kilometers, or 100 miles per hour.'
  4. 'The newly discovered town is about five miles (eight kilometers) from the coast.'
  5. 'Patti said kilometers are shorter than miles, but the walk was still really long.'
  6. 'If we had another five miles [8 kilometers] to go, we might not have all made it.'
  7. 'There were plenty of supporters to cheer on the women as they set off along a five kilometre course - three miles - around the estate.'
  8. 'A hunt can last from a few seconds to several minutes and cover up to two miles (three kilometers).'
  9. 'In this new, higher orbit, the craft's linear velocity, measured in miles per hour, was greater than before.'
  10. 'The earth is approximately 93 million miles / 150 million kilometers from the sun.'
  11. 'The three-year-old colt had won each of his five starts this year, all Group I races at a mile.'
A very long way or a very great amount.
  1. 'this is my favourite film by a mile'
  2. 'And that is still, in my opinion, the best American blog by miles.'
  3. 'The guitar was the 20th century's most popular instrument by miles.'
  4. 'They were surrounded by miles of forest, moose and black bear, and few people.'
  5. 'Never mind that the VCD is an inferior video format and is separated by miles of digital excellence from the DVD.'
  6. 'Villages, let alone pubs, don't grow on trees in this part of the world: we simply took the wrong route and missed it by miles.'
  7. 'Woods then bogeyed the ninth for the third time this week to see his lead cut to two after a wild second that missed the green by miles.'
  8. 'Parents have been told their closure-hit school is not rural - although it is surrounded by miles of fields and there are no shops.'
  9. 'The deer taught her how to run, and keep running for miles at a steady pace.'
  10. 'And it wasn't a close win - it was a win by miles, so that was nice.'
  11. 'It's my favourite album of the year by miles and miles.'

adverb

By a great amount or a long way.
  1. 'He hasn't looked happy so far in the championship at centre half-back and was miles off the pace in the frenetic first twenty minutes.'

More definitions

noun

1. Nelson Appleton, 1839–1925, U.S. army officer.

2. a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “merciful.”. mile

[mahyl] /maɪl/ Spell Syllables

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).

2. nautical mile.

3. international nautical mile.

4. any of various other units of distance or length at different periods and in different countries.

Compare Roma

Origin

Old English mīl, based on Latin mil(l)ia, plural of mille ‘thousand’ (the original Roman unit of distance was mille passus ‘a thousand paces’).

Phrase

be miles away
go the extra mile
a mile a minute
miles from anywhere
the mile-high club
run a mile
see (or tell or spot) something a mile off
stand (or stick) out a mile