three-mile limit
noun Date: 1876 the limit of the marginal sea of three miles included in the territorial waters of a state

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  • three-mile limit — [thrē′mīl′] n. the outer limit of a zone of water extending three miles offshore, sometimes regarded as the extent of the territorial jurisdiction of the coastal country …   English World dictionary

  • Three-mile limit — The three mile limit refers to a traditional and now largely obsolete conception of the international law of the seas which defined a country s territorial waters, for the purposes of trade regulation and exclusivity, as extending as far as the… …   Wikipedia

  • three-mile limit — three′ mile lim′it n. law the outer limit of a three mile belt of waters adjacent to a coast, regarded as under the jurisdiction of the state possessing the coast • Etymology: 1890–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • three-mile limit — /three muyl /, Internat. Law. the limit of the marine belt of three mi. (4.8 km), which is included within the jurisdiction of the state possessing the coast. [1890 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • three-mile limit — The distance of one marine league or three miles offshore normally recognized as the limit of territorial jurisdiction. See territorial waters …   Black's law dictionary

  • three-mile limit — noun the limit of a nation s territorial waters • Hypernyms: ↑limit, ↑demarcation, ↑demarcation line …   Useful english dictionary

  • three-mile limit — the limit of territorial waters claimed by many states although much wider limits are claimed for fisheries …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • three-mile limit — The territorial waters of a state on the sea coast are often so designated since they include a strip three nautical miles wide off shore. The width of the strip had its origin in the ordinary range of an ancient coast defense cannon, estimated… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • three-mile limit — /ˌθri maɪl ˈlɪmət/ (say .three muyl limuht) noun (in international law) the minimum extent of territorial waters; greater limits are now claimed by many states …   Australian English dictionary

  • the three-mile limit — Three mile Three mile , a. Of or pertaining to three miles; as, {the three mile limit}, or the limit of the marine belt (the {three mile belt} or {three mile zone}) of three miles included in territorial waters (which see) of a state. [Webster… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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