# Length Converter

## What is unit of length?

A **unit of length** refers to any arbitrarily chosen and accepted reference standard for **measurement of length**. The most common units in modern use are the **metric units**, used in every country globally. In the United States the U.S. customary units are also in use. British **Imperial units** are still used for some purposes in the United Kingdom and some other countries. The metric system is sub-divided into SI and non-SI units. Our **length converter** tool provides to convert units between or in those unit systems.

## What does length converter do?

Length Converter is a free online web **unit converter** to instantly converts units of measurement / length in or between metric and imperial units like feet to meter.

## What is Metric System?

The metric system is a system of measurement that uses the meter, liter, and gram as base units of length (distance), capacity (volume), and weight (mass) respectively. To measure smaller or larger quantities, we use units derived from the metric units.

## What is Imperial System?

Imperial units, also called British Imperial System, units of measurement of the British Imperial System, the traditional system of weights and measures used officially in Great Britain from 1824 until the adoption of the metric system beginning in 1965. The United States Customary System of weights and measures is derived from the British Imperial System. Imperial units are now legally defined in metric terms.

## Imperial System Vs Metric System

Some countries use the imperial system while some countries use the metric system of measurement. After the US gained independence from the British, they decided to keep the imperial system of measurement but with some changes. They made their own US Standard system which is quite similar to the imperial system. The metric system has its own popularity. It is the easiest measurement system to be used as it is based on the **decimal system** or the powers of 10. It is important for us to understand the difference between the imperial system and the metric system.

## Examples

Prefix | Basic Unit | Meter |
---|---|---|

Kilo- | meter | 1000 |

Hecto- | meter | 100 |

Deca- | meter | 10 |

meter | 1 | |

Deci- | meter | 0.1 |

Centi- | meter | 0.01 |

Milli- | meter | 0.001 |