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meter

The basic unit of the metric system (39.37 inches). A yard is about 9/10ths of a meter (0.9144 meter). See metric system.



metric system

A system of weights and measures that uses the gram, meter and liter as its primary units of weight, distance and capacity. The metric system is used all over the world except in the U.S., Liberia and Myanmar (formerly Burma). See space/time.


 COMMON METRIC EQUIVALENTS

 Grams             Pounds   Ounces

 gram              .0022      .04
 decagram   (10)   .0220      .35
 hectogram (100)   .2204     3.5
 kilogram (1000)  2.2046    35.3


 Liters

 1      =  1.06 quarts
 3.8    =  1 gallon


 Meters                   Feet

 1 decameter   (10 m)       33
 1 hectometer (100 m)      328
 1 kilometer (1000 m)     3281


 Meters          Inches

 1 meter         39.37
 1 centimeter      .3937
 1 millimeter      .03937
 1 micrometer      .00003937
 1 nanometer       .00000003937





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