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principal system of weights and measures used in a few nations, the only major industrial one being the United States. It actually consists of two related systems—the U.S.
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a measure of length used in the national nonmetric systems of units; now used mainly in navigation.

The USSR and most other countries use the nautical mile, which, according to the International Hydrographic Conference of 1929, is equal to 1.852 km, or the average length of 1’ of the arc of a meridian. One nautical mile is equal to 10 cable lengths.

In Great Britain 1 nautical mile equals 1.853184 km, and 1 statute land mile equals 1.609344 km (it is also used in the USA). A geographic mile (German) is equal to 1/15° of the equator, or 7.4204 km. The old Russian mile was equal to 7.46760 km; the old Roman mile, to 1.481 km.

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A unit of length in common use in the United States, equal to 5280 feet, or 1609.344 meters. Abbreviated mi. Also known as land mile; statute mile.
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1. a unit of length used in the U.K., the US, and certain other countries, equal to 1760 yards. 1 mile is equivalent to 1.609 34 kilometres
3. See Swedish mile
4. any of various units of length used at different times and places, esp the Roman mile, equivalent to 1620 yards
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Between the milecastles, two watchtowers, known as turrets, were built every third of a Roman mile. The milecastles provided gateways through the frontier with double gates at the front and the rear.
The mileage figure of 6 Roman miles is inscribed in the last line of the text in letters 0.08 m in height, as one would expect on a miliarium.
The earliest account we have of this land route is that of Strabo, who makes the distance from Kydonia to Aptera 80 stades (10.8 Roman miles, or 16 km), and the distance from Kydonia to Gortyn 800 stades (108.1 Roman miles, or 160 km).
It gives the distance from Apteran Kisamos to Kydonia as Roman miles (11.84 km) and that from Apteran Kisamos to Lappa as 9 Roman miles (13.32 km).
(103) One cannot fail to notice that the Cretan portion of the tabula Peutingeriana contains a suspicious number of segments with lengths of 8 Roman miles or multiples of eight.
2:14), is 8.85 km or 5.98 Roman miles, a figure rounded up to the 6 milia passuum recorded on the milestone.
1, 2:15), 10.55 km or 7.13 Roman miles from the findspot of the milestone.