Definition of nautical mile in English:

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nautical mile


A unit used in measuring distances at sea, equal to approximately 2,025 yards (1,852 m). Compare with sea mile.
Example sentences
  • Ten nautical miles equals around 11.7 land-based miles, the court was told.
  • The distance between Christmas Island and the southern entrance to the Sunda Strait is approximately 240 nautical miles.
  • With 17 days and nights at sea, the competitors in this high sea sprint cover approximately 2000 nautical miles.

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Syllabification: nau·ti·cal mile

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