statute mile

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statute mile

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statute mile

(Units) a legal or formal name for mile1



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).Abbr.: mi, mi.
4. any of various other units of distance at different periods and in different countries. Compare Roman mile.
5. a notable distance or margin: missed it by a mile.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English mīl < Latin mīlia (passuum) a thousand (paces)]

stat·ute mile

See mile. See Table at measurement.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.statute mile - a unit of length equal to 1,760 yards or 5,280 feetstatute mile - a unit of length equal to 1,760 yards or 5,280 feet; exactly 1609.344 meters
linear measure, linear unit - a unit of measurement of length
furlong - a unit of length equal to 220 yards
880 yards, half mile - a unit of length equal to half of 1 mile
440 yards, quarter mile - a unit of length equal to a quarter of 1 mile
league - an obsolete unit of distance of variable length (usually 3 miles)
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Zone 3: This zone was exactly one-quarter statute mile past the point where the motorist made contact with the stimulus of the law enforcement vehicle.
I knew is was longer than a statute mile, but nobody could tell me how long it was.
Circling the earth in the ionosphere, following a nearly pole-crossing orbit 602 statute miles above the surface, Polar BEAR carries three experiments, whose data will be used to help improve communications over the polar regions.
Angel MedFlight's fleet of Learjets flew a staggering 870,000 statute miles in 2013; nearly double the amount of miles from the previous year.
Newsom calculated that this could have led Byrd to believe that he had reached the pole when he was still as much as 78 statute miles away, or caused him to overshoot the pole by as much as 21 statute miles.
The average length of a flight was 895 statute miles as of January 2012, compared to 904 statute miles in January 2011.
The average length of a Pinnacle Airlines flight last month was 412 statute miles compared to 428 statute miles in November 2009.
Doolittle and his men would have to travel more than 800 statute miles before reaching their targets.
The average length of a flight is 895 statute miles in November 2011, compared to 904 statute miles in November 2010.