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Re: Unit of measurement in "Deux ans de vacanses"?

From: c.larcher <christianlarcher~at~wanadoo.fr>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 14:41:14 +0200
To: "Jules Verne Forum" <jvf~at~Gilead.org.il>

Un mille marin = distance entre 2 points d'un méridien terrestre séparés par une minute d'arc = 1852 mètres.
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  I always took it for granted that "mille" meant "mile" but now that I am taking a look at my dictionaries I see that I should not have taken that for granted. The 1903 "Cassell's New French Dictionary" calls it 1,608 meters which is the present mile. "Collins-Robert" (1978) defines it as the nautical mile or the Canadian mile, 1,069 meters which is a contradiction, and 1980 "Petit Larousse Illustre" calls it the Anglo-Saxon mile.
  Sid Kravitz
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