air mile

noun
a unit of length used in navigation; exactly 1,852 meters; historically based on the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude
Derivationally related forms: ↑miler (for: ↑mile)
Hypernyms: ↑nautical linear unit

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noun
: the basic unit of distance in air navigation equal in the United States before 1946 to the statute mile of 5280 feet, from 1946 to 1954 to the British nautical mile of 6080 feet, and since 1959 to the international nautical mile of 6076.11549 feet

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[1915-20]

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air mile noun
1. A nautical mile used to measure distance by air
2. (usu pl) a point gained by a purchaser of air tickets or other products, allowing free air travel to a certain distance as points are accumulated
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Main Entry:air

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air mile UK US noun [countable] [singular air mile plural air miles]
a unit for measuring how far a plane travels
Thesaurus: air travel and relating to air travelhyponym

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air mile,
a nautical mile, 6076.11549 feet, used as a measure of distance in the flight of aircraft.

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n. a nautical mile used as a measure of distance flown by aircraft
(Air Miles) trademark points (equivalent to miles of free air travel) accumulated by buyers of airline tickets and other products and redeemable against the cost of air travel with a particular airline

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • air mile — n. NAUTICAL MILE …   English World dictionary

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  • air mile — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms air mile : singular air mile plural air miles a unit for measuring how far a plane travels …   English dictionary

  • air mile — noun 1》 a nautical mile used as a measure of distance flown by aircraft. 2》 (Air Miles) trademark points (equivalent to miles of free air travel) accumulated by buyers of airline tickets and other products …   English new terms dictionary

  • air mile — noun Date: 1919 a mile in air travel …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • air mile — noun A unit of distance for air transport; equal to a nautical mile …   Wiktionary

  • air mile — /ˈɛə maɪl/ (say air muyl) noun Aeronautics Obsolete a distance equal to a nautical mile …   Australian English dictionary

  • air mile — See international nautical mile. [1915 20] * * * …   Universalium

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