Definition of nautical mile in English:

nautical mile


  • A unit used in measuring distances at sea, equal to 1,852 metres (approximately 2,025 yards).

    Compare with sea mile
    • ‘Why are nautical miles used in aviation rather than statute miles?’
    • ‘At 15 knots, her range extends to 5,500 nautical miles.’
    • ‘From here, we returned to our original port of departure at the bustling holiday resort of Phuket, having travelled 566 nautical miles during our week at sea.’
    • ‘It's a fighter that covers 10 nautical miles a minute, in other words, 20 kilometers a minute.’
    • ‘With 17 days and nights at sea, the competitors in this high sea sprint cover approximately 2000 nautical miles.’
    • ‘All distances are in nautical miles and altitudes are mean sea level.’
    • ‘The nearest land was Indonesia, 110 nautical miles to the north.’
    • ‘At burnout the shuttle has reached an altitude of 24 nautical miles and a velocity of more than 3,000 mph.’
    • ‘A spokeswoman for the billionaire said the boat sailed an unofficial 505 nautical miles, which will be ratified by the World Speed Sailing Council.’
    • ‘The distance between Christmas Island and the southern entrance to the Sunda Strait is approximately 240 nautical miles.’
    • ‘It can fly eight passengers up to 5,700 nautical miles - from Paris to Tokyo, for instance.’
    • ‘Ten nautical miles equals around 11.7 land-based miles, the court was told.’
    • ‘My copilot quickly punched in the latitude and longitude, and we turned toward the position, 40 nautical miles away.’
    • ‘The aircraft is a strike aircraft that can go more than twice the speed of sound and fly nearly 6,000 nautical miles unrefueled.’
    • ‘Boat speed is always measured in knots, which are nautical miles per hour.’
    • ‘The second level of defense runs from 50 to 300 nautical miles from the coast.’
    • ‘She is returning from a triumphant circumnavigation of the world in which crew sailed more than 65,000 nautical miles over four years.’
    • ‘Fishing is only permitted 3 nautical miles from the park, and the various park regulations help protect the reef and its inhabitants.’
    • ‘‘For us to track an iceberg it must be at least ten nautical miles long,’ she continued.’
    • ‘The distance between Indonesia and Christmas Island is about 210 nautical miles.’


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