nautical mile definition

  • noun:
    • A unit of length utilized in ocean and atmosphere navigation, on the basis of the period of about a minute of arc of an excellent group, particularly a worldwide and U.S. product add up to 1,852 yards (about 6,076 feet). Also referred to as sea mile.
    • A unit of length corresponding more or less to at least one moment of arc of latitude along any meridian. By international contract its exactly 1,852 metres (more or less 6,076 legs).
    • an old British product of size equivalent to 6,080 legs (1,853.184 meters); 800 legs more than a statute mile
    • a unit of size utilized in navigation; precisely 1,852 yards; typically on the basis of the length spanned by about a minute of arc in latitude
  • adjective:
    • See under Mile.

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