Entry from US English dictionary
Law The outer boundary of the area extending 3 miles (4.8 km) out to sea from the coast of a state or country, considered to be within its jurisdiction.
- Such sources would be located landward of the outer, three-mile limit of the territorial sea.
- She would have lain off the three-mile limit when she got to the US coast, and steam drifters would have come out under cover of darkness and taken off the booze.
- The rules for discharging sewage from cruise ships are essentially the same as those for a 30-foot powerboat - beyond the three-mile limit from U.S. shores, untreated sewage can be discharged.
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Syllabification: three-mile lim·it
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