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Mile - Wikipedia


The mile is an English unit of length of linear measure equal to 5,280 feet, or 1,760 yards, and ...... Adams, Cecil (1990), "What's the origin of miles and yards?

Why Are There 5,280 Feet in a Mile? Making Sense of ... - Mental Floss


Jul 6, 2010 ... The basic concept of the mile originated in Roman times. The Romans used a unit of distance called the mille passum, which literally translated ...

mile | unit of measurement | Britannica.com


Apr 29, 2004 ... Any of various units of distance, such as the statute mile of 5280 feet (1.609 km). It originated from the Roman mille passus, or “thousand paces ...

The Straight Dope: What's the origin of miles and yards?


Mar 9, 1990 ... But where, pray tell, did the mile and, while we're at it, the yard come from? ... It originated in the Roman mille passuum, a thousand paces, ...

History of the Mile - Math Forum - Ask Dr. Math


Date: 08/26/2002 at 04:58:39 From: Doctor Sarah Subject: Re: History of one mile Hi Sara - thanks for writing to Dr. Math. From Russ Rowlett's ...

Mile | Define Mile at Dictionary.com


Mile definition, Also called statute mile. a unit of distance on land in ... thousand" ( neuter plural was mistaken in Germanic as a fem. singular), of unknown origin.

Origins of Measurements - Fact Monster


Pace: The ancient Roman soldiers marched in paces, which were the length of a double step, about 5 feet; 1,000 paces was a mile. Today, a pace is the length ...

What is the difference between a nautical mile and a knot?


A nautical mile is based on the circumference of the earth, and is equal to one minute of latitude. It is slightly more than a statute (land measured) mile (1 nautical ...

Origins of Knot and Nautical Mile - Aviation Articles by GlobalAir.com


Jun 1, 2006 ... On June 26th it will be the sixtieth anniversary of the day that the United States Army Air Forces and the United States Navy officially adopted ...

Behind the Name: Meaning, origin and history of the name Miles


From the Germanic name Milo, introduced by the Normans to England in the form Miles. The meaning is not known for certain. It is possibly connected to the ...