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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


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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This area was situated one statute mile away from the point of contact zone where the stimulus of the law enforcement vehicle was present.
[] = Range in statute miles h = height of radar in feet.
* For a nonprecision approach procedure (LPV, LNAV, VOR, etc.): Ceiling 800 feet and visibility of two statute miles.
In a statement, US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) said the coastal patrol boat USS Tempest (PC-2), operating in the Gulf of Oman September 6, heard the distress call of an unidentified small boat about 85 statute miles (135 kilometers) from the Tempest's position.
With a range of 2925 statute miles and excellent short field performance, the Hawker 800XP is the ideal aircraft for Colorado's high altitude airports.
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.
The average length of a Pinnacle flight was 450 statute miles, the same as in February 2008.
Doolittle and his men would have to travel more than 800 statute miles before reaching their targets.
A filed alternate is not required when the destination has a published instrument approach procedure (IAP) and the destination weather forecast for an hour before to an hour after our estimated time of arrival (ETA) is at least a 2000-foot ceiling with three statute miles visibility.