MILE

, a long measure, by which the English, Italians, and some other nations, use to express the distance between places: the same as the French use the word League.

The Mile is of different lengths in different countries, The geographical, or Italian Mile, contains 1000 geometrical paces, mille passus, whence the term Mile is derived. The English Mile consists of 8 furlongs, each furlong of 40 poles, and each pole of 16 1/2 feet: so that the Mile is = 8 furlongs = 320 poles = 1760 yards = 5280 feet.

The following table shews the length of the Mile, or league, in the principal nations of Europe, expressed in geometrical paces;

Geomet. Paces.
Mile of Russa750
of Italy1000
of England,1200
of Scotland and Ireland1500
Old League of France1500
Small League, ibid.2000
Geomet. Paces.
Mean League of France2500
Great League, ibid.3000
Mile of Poland3000
of Spain3428
of Germany4000
of Sweden5000
of Denmark5000
of Hungary6000

MILITARY Architecture. The same with Fortification.

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Entry taken from A Mathematical and Philosophical Dictionary, by Charles Hutton, 1796.

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