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see English units of measurementEnglish units of measurement,
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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Just over an hour before the St James's Palace Stakes, Canford Cliffs had delivered a miling masterclass of his own when claiming the scalp of the mighty Goldikova in the Queen Anne and all eyes were on what Frankel would produce.
Buoyed by Canford Cliffs's Queen Anne Stakes triumph, which confirmed the trainer's belief he's the best horse he has trained during his 40-year career, Hannon's focus is on establishing ultimate bragging rights not just in the miling division but in the world order.
Cork report, page 12 Miling spectacular set ROYAL ASCOT was guaranteed a spectacular opening when both Goldikova and Canford Cliffs were declared for the star milers' first head-to-head in the Queen Anne Stakes, the first race in a Group 1 triple-header.
The Racing Post analysis of the race called the performance "undeniably one of the greatest miling performances of the modern era" and it was the benchmark to which the great mare is judged every time she steps out in front of her adoring public.
of two-year-olds 73 ONE of the most consistent horses of his generation, Jeremy's profile combines commercial miling speed with the leading stallion family of Japanese sensation Deep Impact and Shadwell stalwart Nayef, writes Nancy Sexton.