Main definitions of mil in English

: mil1mil2

mil1

informal
  • 1Millimeters.

    • ‘Use barriers made of flexible polyethylene 30 to 40 millimeters thick (60 mil for very aggressive types) and 22 to 28 inches deep.’
  • 2Milliliters.

  • 3(used in sums of money) millions.

    ‘the insurance company coughed up five mil’
    • ‘To varying degrees the Marlins, Dodgers, Mets, and Orioles chased him, but it was the Angels who came away with the prize, signing Guerrero for five years and $70 million, an average of $14 mil per year.’
    • ‘Jeter signed a 10-year contract worth $18.9 million annually, so that $18.9 mil figure would be included in the MLBPA's calculations.’
    • ‘She gets the quarter of a mil if she goes quietly into that gentle night.’
    • ‘Sony was responsible for the increase in star salaries when they coughed up $20 mil for Jim Carrey to play The Cable Guy.’
    • ‘The Big Brother housemates have almost squandered a quarter of a mil through sheer stupidity.’
    • ‘He already has cashed a $6.5 mil bonus check, and he is scheduled to make $24.5 mil over the next five years (which will seem like 10 to a Lions fan).’
    • ‘The quarter mil is thought to be the largest ever fine by a team against one of its players, though we bet it will be drastically reduced sometime soon.’

Pronunciation:

mil

/mil/

Main definitions of mil in English

: mil1mil2

mil2

noun

  • One thousandth of an inch.

    • ‘Both are sold in grades by thickness, measured in mils (one-thousandth of an inch).’
    • ‘The drops have to be small enough to hang in the air instead of immediately falling to the slab surface, which puts them in the range of about 5 mils or smaller.’
    • ‘Currently the American Concrete Institute's ‘Guide for Concrete Floor and Slab Construction’ recommends that the thickness of the vapor retarder be not less than 10 mils.’
    • ‘With a typical pop/rock record, the groove will be 2.5 mils (thousands of an inch) wide, and will move from side to side a total of 2.5 mils.’
    • ‘Many have observed the benefit of using materials with a minimum thickness of 15 mils when ready-mix trucks or laser screeds drive directly on the vapor retarder.’
    • ‘This gave us 215 mils of waterproofing protection on all of the vertical walls.’
    • ‘Rousos adds that a buildup of 40 to 60 mils is very important.’
    • ‘Third, layout engineers also need to ensure trace lengths between lanes match to within 15 mils.’
    • ‘Conventional spray and dip coatings go on in microns and mils.’
    • ‘Research has indicated that the optimum thickness for the total paint coat (primer and two top coats) is 4-5 mils or about the thickness of a sheet of newspaper.’
    • ‘The average thickness of FPO in Europe is about 60 mils, and no product sold there is less than 48 mils.’
    • ‘Some sheet metal, particularly that used in the manufacture of steel studs and other steel-framing members, may also be referred to by its thickness in mils.’
    • ‘TPOs are available in white, light gray, and black with thicknesses of either 45 mils or 60 mils.’
    • ‘It is graduated every mil and numbered every 5 mils.’
    • ‘Tape thickness is approximately 1.5 mils and tape path component tolerances are in the 0.0004-inch range.’
    • ‘PCI design guides recommend routing signal lines along a similar path with trace lengths matching to within 25 mils.’
    • ‘One coat of some paints will measure between 10 and 14 mils, says Rafie.’
    • ‘Another trend with EPDM has been to upgrade membrane thickness from 45 mils - the ASTM minimum - to 60 and 90 mils.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from Latin millesimum thousandth from mille thousand.

Pronunciation:

mil

/mil/

Main definitions of mil in English

: mil1mil2

MIL

noun

informal
  • A person's mother-in-law.

    ‘I've never quite lived up to my MIL's expectations’
    • ‘We seem to be getting into a bit of a routine now that my MIL has moved in.’
    • ‘My MIL is an absolute darling - she's very evenhanded, doesn't interfere, and is incredibly supportive.’
    • ‘They are back home and her MIL is now in a local hospital there, being taken care of by her own doctors.’
    • ‘My MIL just got here a few hours ago and is keeping the kiddo entertained.’
    • ‘This weekend, we celebrated my MIL's birthday.’
    • ‘I'm sure I mentioned that I was excited that my MIL was coming up here for Memorial Day weekend.’
    • ‘Your MIL sounds like a first-class manipulator who has decided things are going to be a certain way.’
    • ‘I would tell your MIL that you are finding the countdown stressful and your midwife has said stress can delay the onset of labour.’

Origin

1960s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

MIL

/mil/