nautical mile

nautical mile
noun Date: 1834 any of various units of distance used for sea and air navigation based on the length of a minute of arc of a great circle of the earth and differing because the earth is not a perfect sphere: as a. a British unit equal to 6080 feet (1853.2 meters) b. an international unit equal to exactly 1852 meters (6076.115 feet or 1.15 statute miles) used officially in the United States since July 1, 1954

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  • Nautical mile — 1 nautical mile = SI units 1.85200 km 1,852.00 m US customary / Imperial units 1.15078 mi 6,076.12 ft The nautical mile (symbol M, NM or nmi) is a unit of length that is about one minute of arc of latitude along a …   Wikipedia

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