Length is generally described as the longest dimension of an object. Length is a measure of one dimension, whereas area is a measure of two dimensions and volume is a measure of three dimensions.

Imperial / American measurements

For the imperial system the commonly used units of length are the inch, the foot, the yard, and the mile.

Metric measurements

In the metric system the basic unit of length is the metre and is defined in terms of the speed of light.


The metre (British spelling), or meter (American spelling), (SI unit symbol: m) is the fundamental unit of length. Since 1983, it has been defined as "the length of the path travelled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/299,792,458 of a second."


The foot (plural: feet) is a unit for measuring length. It is one of the Imperial units and U.S. customary units. The shortest way of writing the unit "foot" is by the abbreviation "ft" (or "ft."), or by an apostrophe ( ' ). One foot contains 12 inches.

1 meter = 3.28 ft