How many feet in a mile

How many feet in a mile

These days, we do not need a book - we've got Google. And after you ask Google the question, you get the answer: 1 mile = 5280 feet. must you wish to convert miles to feet or feet to miles, by the way, please be at liberty to use our length and distance converter. There's also a conversion chart at the underside of the article.

Otherwise, do continue reading to find out why there is a bit more to the conversion than you would possibly think. Here's Becky Kleanthous to clarify in her usual humorous way...

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Miles and feet

'42,240 feet'

- Eminem's as-yet uncommission film

Gosh, we love miles don't we? We chuck 'em about like they're salt on chips, so casual, and then intangible.

The coffee shop? Oh, just a mile down the road. And we're all exhausted because we walked miles today! i used to be the fastest though, by a rustic mile. Still, when it involves singing, everyone seems to be miles better than i'm.

And because we like to sweat the little stuff so you do not should, this particular article is all about what percentage feet can squeeze into a mile. Now, we've got to tread carefully here (feet! Tread! Feet! *Tap tap* is that this thing on...?!) because putting "feet", "sweat" and "squeeze" into one paragraph could see us cosily sharing program results with some questionable toe-photography content.

Feet walking a mile on beach

So, we love a mile, but do we even know what it is, really?

"But I would walk 2,640,000 feet,

and I would walk 2,640,000 more,

Just to be the man..."

- The Proclaimers' lesser-sung hit

Origins of the mile

The word comes from Latin ("mille"), because the Romans were excellent at organising stuff. It's no wonder they gave us concrete, heating and therefore the Fitbit (though one amongst those might not be true). Their love of logistics led to the conception of the classic Roman road, and even the tactic of measuring it.


"Mille" means m, which supplies you a clue about how the Roman measurement of "mille passum" - one thousand paces - was defined. But before you begin comparing your own Fitbit stats and wondering what made Roman people's steps so short (because you walk a mile and it shows you about 2000 steps, right?), just hold your horses. it isn't right down to their unwieldy, restrictive armour, and it isn't because these ancient people took dainty little steps to shield their modesty in skimpy togas. It's actually m double paces: one stride with the left and right foot. So your stride is just about the identical as a Roman's, whether or not it is not performed at high speed towards a lion in an Amphitheatre (though charging at the last BLT in Starbucks is additionally admirable, of course).

Motorcycle, Display Instruments

The linear unit, the full distance of the left foot hitting the bottom 1000 times, was about 4860 feet in today's imperial units, but would have apparently been around 5000 Roman feet back within the day. Some people attribute this alteration to increasing foot size over the years, though it could even as otherwise be a margin of error; we now have accurate measuring equipment, whilst 2000 years ago people were literally measuring. With. Their. Feet.

To add an additional layer of confusion, the trendy mile is 5280 feet long, not 5000 or 4860. this can be because of a translation problem. At the tip of the 16th century, English people government were quite keen on the furlong (a measurement supported the daily plowing potential of a bunch of oxen). They therefore decided that a mile should be defined by furlongs, which it'd comprise eight. This made for a few messy math/s, as a furlong measured 660 feet, therefore the mile got extended to 5280 feet so as to accommodate its fashionable pal, the furlong.


The TL;DR answer to all or any of this? a contemporary mile is 5280 imperial feet long (1609.344 meters). give some thought to it next time you set on your Fittum Bittus.

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