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Last updated on May 7th, 2022 at 04:12 pm

A quick, free, online unit converter (unit converter calculator) that converts common units of measurement. A unit conversion expresses the same property as a different unit of measurement.

For instance, time can be expressed in minutes instead of hours, while distance can be converted from miles to kilometers, or feet, or any other measure of length. 

This is a simple unit converter calculator. Enter the value in the input field, and the calculator will convert it to another unit.

From Metric to U.S. Customary Measures

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For example:

Lenght

SymbolWhen You KnowMultiply ByTo FindSymbol
mmmillimeter0.04inchin
cmcentimeter0.39inchin
mmeter3.28footft
mmeter1.09yardyd
kmkilometer0.62milemi

Temperature

SymbolWhen You KnowCalculationTo FindSymbol
°CCelsiusmultiply 1.8, then add 32Fahrenheit°F
°KKelvinsubtract 273.15Celsius°C

Weight

SymbolWhen You KnowMultiply byTo FindSymbol
ggram0.04Ounceoz
kgkilogram2.20poundlb

Area

SymbolWhen You KnowMultiply ByTo FindSymbol
cm²square centimeters0.16square inchin²
square inch1.20square yardyd²
km²square kilometer0.39square milemi²
hahectare (10,000 m2)2.47acre

Volume

SymbolWhen You KnowMultiply ByTo FindSymbol
mLmilliliter0.03fluid ouncefl oz
mLmilliliter0.06cubic inchin³
Lliter2.11pint liquidpt
Lliter1.06quart liquidqt
Lliter0.26gallongal
cubic meter35.31cubic footft³
cubic meter1.31cubic yardyd³

Brief History of the Metric System

In 1668, John Wilkins proposed a decimal system in which length, area, volume, and mass were linked to each other based on a pendulum that had a beat of one second as a base unit of length. In 1670, Gabriel Mouton proposed a decimal system that was instead based on the circumference of the earth.

History of the Pound

In the eighth and ninth centuries of the Common Era (CE), Arab civilization flourished in the Middle East and Spain. The Arabs used coins as a measurement of units of weight since a minted coin could not easily be cut or shaved to reduce its weight, and thus provided a measurable standard. They used a coin called a silver dirhem as a basic measure of weight, which had a weight roughly equivalent to 45 fully grown grains of barley. Ten dirhems comprised a Wukryeh, which was translated into Latin as an “uncia” – the origin of the word “ounce.”

Over time, trade spread from the Mediterranean area to Europe, including the northern German City-States. As a result, a pound, 16 ounces of silver, or 7200 grains, became a commonly used measure in many regions.

While England also adopted this measure, a shortage of silver caused King Offa to reduce the measurement of the pound to 5400 grains in order to use smaller coins. Eventually, when William the Conqueror became King of England, he retained the 5400-grain pound for minting coins but reverted to the 7200-grain pound for other purposes.

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