Elle. Conversion Chart

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We only include several basic units here for you to convert historical units to contemporary ones. A more comprehensive list of metric units is available on the main length conversion page.
elle to kilometer (km)
elle to meter (m)
elle to centimeter (cm)
elle to millimeter (mm)
Units: kilometer (km)  / meter (m)  / centimeter (cm)  / millimeter (mm)
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The American System of Measures (US Customary Units)

We only include several basic units here for you to convert historical units to contemporary ones. A more comprehensive list of U.S. units is available on the main length conversion page.
elle to mile (mi)
elle to yard (yd)
elle to inch (in)
Units: mile (mi)  / yard (yd)  / foot (ft)  / inch (in)
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Ancient Egypt

It might be hard to imagine, but these units dates back to 3100 BC. Egyptian people used them 5000 years ago. These units are distant ancestors of US customary units used today.
elle to iteru (river measure)
elle to knet (rod of cord)
elle to nbiw (pole)
elle to meh niswt (royal cubit)
elle to meh nedjes (short cubit)
elle to remen
elle to djeser, bu
elle to pedj-aa (large span)
elle to pedj-sheser (small span)
elle to amem (fist)
elle to deret (hand)
elle to shesep (palm)
elle to djeba (finger)
Units: iteru (river measure)  / knet (rod of cord)  / nbiw (pole)  / meh niswt (royal cubit)  / meh nedjes (short cubit)  / remen  / djeser, bu  / pedj-aa (large span)  / pedj-sheser (small span)  / amem (fist)  / deret (hand)  / shesep (palm)  / djeba (finger)
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Ancient Greek

The values of Greek units varied according to location and epoch. Relative proportions though were generally the same. Greek measures were in general derived from measurement system of Ancient Egypt.
elle to schoinos (σχοινός)
elle to parasanges (παρασάγγες, league)
elle to dolichos (δόλιχος)
elle to milion (μίλιον)
elle to hippikon (ἱππικόν)
elle to diaulos (δίαυλος)
elle to στάδιον, stadion
elle to stadium olympic
elle to stadium attic
elle to stadium ptolemey
elle to plethron (πλέθρον)
elle to hamma (ἅμμα)
elle to dekapous (δεκάπους)
elle to akaina (ἄκαινα)
elle to kalamos (κάλαμος)
elle to orgyia (ὄργυια, fathom)
elle to diploun bēma (διπλοῦν βῆμα, double pace)
elle to haploun bēma (ἁπλοῦν βῆμα, single pace)
elle to pēchys (πῆχυς, elbow)
elle to pygōn (πυγών)
elle to pygmē (πυγμή, forearm)
elle to pous (πούς, foot)
elle to spithamē (σπιθαμή, span of all fingers)
elle to orthodōron (ὀρθόδωρον, wrist to the tip of meddle finger)
elle to lichas (λιχάς)
elle to hemipodion (ἡμιπόδιον)
elle to dichas (διχάς, midfoot)
elle to dōron (δῶρον)
elle to palaiste (παλαιστή, palm)
elle to kondylos (κόνδυλος, two fingers)
elle to daktylos (δάκτυλος, finger)
Units: schoinos (σχοινός)  / parasanges (παρασάγγες, league)  / dolichos (δόλιχος)  / milion (μίλιον)  / hippikon (ἱππικόν)  / diaulos (δίαυλος)  / στάδιον, stadion  / stadium olympic  / stadium attic  / stadium ptolemey  / plethron (πλέθρον)  / hamma (ἅμμα)  / dekapous (δεκάπους)  / akaina (ἄκαινα)  / kalamos (κάλαμος)  / orgyia (ὄργυια, fathom)  / diploun bēma (διπλοῦν βῆμα, double pace)  / haploun bēma (ἁπλοῦν βῆμα, single pace)  / pēchys (πῆχυς, elbow)  / pygōn (πυγών)  / pygmē (πυγμή, forearm)  / pous (πούς, foot)  / spithamē (σπιθαμή, span of all fingers)  / orthodōron (ὀρθόδωρον, wrist to the tip of meddle finger)  / lichas (λιχάς)  / hemipodion (ἡμιπόδιον)  / dichas (διχάς, midfoot)  / dōron (δῶρον)  / palaiste (παλαιστή, palm)  / kondylos (κόνδυλος, two fingers)  / daktylos (δάκτυλος, finger)
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Ancient Roman

Roman length units were very well defined. The value of the base unit pes (foot) was discovered by John Greaves in 1639 after he made a lot of measurements in the ruins of Rome. Since then we know that the value of one pes was between 0.967 and 0.986 English feet. An accepted modern value is 296 mm. For most Roman units below we give an English equivalent in parentheses.
elle to schœnus (rush rope)
elle to leuga (league)
elle to mille passus (mile)
elle to stadium (stade, furlong)
elle to actus
elle to decempeda
elle to pertica (perch)
elle to passus (pace)
elle to pes sestertius
elle to gradus (step)
elle to cubitus (cubit)
elle to palmipes
elle to pes (foot)
elle to palmus major (palm length)
elle to palmus (palm width)
elle to uncia (inch)
elle to pollex (thumb)
elle to digitus (finger)
Units: schœnus (rush rope)  / leuga (league)  / mille passus (mile)  / stadium (stade, furlong)  / actus  / decempeda  / pertica (perch)  / passus (pace)  / pes sestertius  / gradus (step)  / cubitus (cubit)  / palmipes  / pes (foot)  / palmus major (palm length)  / palmus (palm width)  / uncia (inch)  / pollex (thumb)  / digitus (finger)
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elle to cubit
elle to span
elle to handbreadth
elle to etzbah
Units: cubit  / span  / handbreadth  / etzbah
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Old Spanish

In various provinces of Spain diferent variations of units were used. The conversions below use Castilian system. Although most of these units are now obsolete, some can still be used today in the countries of Latin America.
elle to legua de por grado (league of the degree)
elle to legua marina (nautical)
elle to legua
elle to milla marina (nautical)
elle to milla
elle to cuerda of Valencia
elle to cuerda
elle to estadal
elle to braza
elle to paso
elle to vara
elle to codo de ribera
elle to codo
elle to pie
elle to palmo
elle to coto
elle to pulgada
elle to linea
elle to punto
Units: legua de por grado (league of the degree)  / legua marina (nautical)  / legua  / milla marina (nautical)  / milla  / cuerda of Valencia  / cuerda  / estadal  / braza  / paso  / vara  / codo de ribera  / codo  / pie  / palmo  / coto  / pulgada  / linea  / punto
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Old Portuguese

These units were used in Portugal, Brazil and other countries of the Portuguese Empire until the adoption of the metric system in 19th century.
elle to braça
elle to toesa
elle to passo geométrico
elle to vara
elle to côvado
elle to pé
elle to palmo de craveira
elle to polegada
elle to linha
elle to ponto
Units: braça  / toesa  / passo geométrico  / vara  / côvado  /  / palmo de craveira  / polegada  / linha  / ponto
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Old French

There were many local variations; the following are Quebec and Paris definitions
elle to lieue commune
elle to lieue marine
elle to lieue de post
elle to lieue metrique
elle to arpent
elle to perche
elle to toise
elle to pied [foot]
elle to pouce [inch]
elle to ligne
Units: lieue commune  / lieue marine  / lieue de post  / lieue metrique  / arpent  / perche  / toise  / pied [foot]  / pouce [inch]  / ligne
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Old Russian

elle to mile
elle to verst
elle to mezhevaya verst
elle to kosaya sazhen
elle to sazhen
elle to makhovaya sazhen
elle to arshin
elle to ell
elle to foot
elle to pyad
elle to vershok
elle to inch
elle to line
Units: mile  / verst  / mezhevaya verst  / kosaya sazhen  / sazhen  / makhovaya sazhen  / arshin  / ell  / foot  / pyad  / vershok  / inch  / line
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Old German (Prussian)

These units were used before adoption of metric system in 1872.
elle to meile
elle to ruthe
elle to fuss
elle to zoll
elle to linie
Units: meile  / ruthe  /  / fuss  / zoll  / linie
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Old Austrian

These units were used before adoption of metric system in 1871.
elle to meile
elle to ruthe
elle to klafner
elle to fuss
elle to zoll
elle to linie
elle to punkt
Units: meile  / ruthe  / klafner  / fuss  / zoll  / linie  / punkt
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Old Swedish

Common measurement system was introduced in Sweden by law in 1665. Since then the system was slightly altered twice: in 1735 and 1855. Sweden switched to metric system in 1889.
elle to nymil (new mile, used since 1889 till now)
elle to mil (mile)
elle to fjärdingsväg
elle to rev before 1855
elle to rev after 1855
elle to stång
elle to famn (fanthom)
elle to aln (forealrm)
elle to fot (foot)
elle to kvarter
elle to tvärhand (hand)
elle to tum (thumb or inch) before 1855
elle to tum (thumb or inch) after 1855
elle to linje (line) before 1855
elle to linje (line) after 1855
Units: nymil (new mile, used since 1889 till now)  / mil (mile)  / fjärdingsväg  / rev before 1855  / rev after 1855  / stång  / famn (fanthom)  / aln (forealrm)  / fot (foot)  / kvarter  / tvärhand (hand)  / tum (thumb or inch) before 1855  / tum (thumb or inch) after 1855  / linje (line) before 1855  / linje (line) after 1855

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