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Nautical Mile – Glossary Definition

Nautical Mile – Glossary Definition

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What is a Nautical Mile?

A nautical mile is a unit of length that is about one minute of arc of latitude along any meridian, but is approximately one minute of arc of longitude only at the equator.

International agreement has it as exactly 1,852 meters (approximately 6,076 ft, 1.151 miles, 1.852km).

See also: Knot.

More on Nautical Miles

Along with its usage for maritime purposes, nautical miles are also used in some air and space areas, as well. One nautical mile per hour is called a knot.

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