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Length units converter
Length units converter - converts units between kilometers, meters, decimeters, angstroms, miles, feet, inches, american/imperial units, nautical (sea) units and astronomical units

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1 (meter) is equal to:

metric

UnitSymbolSymbol
(plain text)
Value
gigameterGmGmGm1×10-9
megameterMmMmMm0.000001
kilometerkmkmkm0.001
metermmm1
decimeterdmdmdm10
centimetercmcmcm100
milimetermmmmmm1000
micrometer (micron)μm\mu mµm1000000
nanometernmnmnm1000000000
angstromA˚\text{Å}Å10000000000
nanometerpmpmpm1×1012
femtometerfmfmfm1×1015
attometeramamam1×1018

british-american

UnitSymbolSymbol
(plain text)
Value
league0.000207124
milemimimi0.000621371
furlong0.00497097
chain0.049709695
rodrdrdrd0.198838782
fathomfmfmfm0.546806649
yardydydyd1.093613298
footftftft3.280839895
linklilili4.970969538
hand13.440860215
inchininin39.37007874
line472.440944882

astronomical

UnitSymbolSymbol
(plain text)
Value
parsecpcpcpc3.240755744×10-17
light yearlylyly1.056970722×10-16
light minute5.559401735×10-11
light second3.335640952×10-9
astronomical unitauauau6.684587154×10-12

nautical

UnitSymbolSymbol
(plain text)
Value
sea league0.000179986
sea milenminminmi0.000539957
cabel0.005399568
british cabel0.005396118
US cabel0.004556722

What is "Length"?

The word "length" has several meanings (ex. the length of a word). We will focus on length in physical meaning in this article.

The definition of length:
LENGTH is the physical measure of distance between two points (according to measurements in the Euclidian space - so linear). The distance itself can be measured as a straight line, but also as a length of a curve.

The meaning of "length" could be equal to one of the following:
  • distance - most common: description of how far apart objects are. In strictly physical meaning - the length of way the object moves (possibly not the shortest way connecting two points)
  • displacement - the length of shortest possible way connecting two points
  • height - mostly in a vertical size of an object (like how "tall" it is)
  • altitude - when talking about how far in the air the object is (ex. how high is the airplane)
  • depth
  • width
  • size
Typically the symbol of length is L or l. Base unit is 1 meter. Length cannot be negative.

Length is measure of one dimension. However there is also area for 2 dimensions (length squared) and volume for 3 dimensions.

Units

The meter (also called metre) is the base unit of length in SI. It is defined as the distance travelled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/299.792.458 of a second. It has been defined on 17th General Conference on Weights and Measures in 1983.

After thousands of years of distance measurements, the thousands of units has been defined. The most known units we found are:
  • meter - and metric dependent units like kilometer, decimeter, centimeter, milimeter, micrometer, nanometer, angstrom etc. - the decimal multiples and submultiples of meter (so, thousands, milions... of meters) according to SI defined prefixes
  • mile, yard, foot, fathom, inch and less known league, furlong, chain, rod, link, hand, line - british (imperial) and american(US) units
  • parsec, astronomical unit - dedicated for astronomy
  • light year, light minute and light second - the distance travelled by light in vacuum during given unit of time (a year, minute, second etc.). These are really big lengths, so also used mainly for astronomical measurements.
  • sea league, sea mile, cabel (british or american) - are nautical (sea realated) units.

How to convert

  • Enter the number to field "value" - enter the NUMBER only, no other words, symbols or unit names. You can use dot (.) or comma (,) to enter fractions.
    Examples:
    • 1000000
    • 123,23
    • 999.99999
  • Find and select your starting unit in field "unit". Some unit calculators have huge number of different units to select from - it's just how complicated our world is...
  • And... you got the result in the table below. You'll find several results for many different units - we show you all results we know at once. Just find the one you're looking for.

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