Palmus (palm Width). Conversion Chart

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Metric

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.
palmus (palm width) to kilometer (km)
palmus (palm width) to meter (m)
palmus (palm width) to centimeter (cm)
palmus (palm width) 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.
palmus (palm width) to mile (mi)
palmus (palm width) to yard (yd)
palmus (palm width) 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.
palmus (palm width) to iteru (river measure)
palmus (palm width) to knet (rod of cord)
palmus (palm width) to nbiw (pole)
palmus (palm width) to meh niswt (royal cubit)
palmus (palm width) to meh nedjes (short cubit)
palmus (palm width) to remen
palmus (palm width) to djeser, bu
palmus (palm width) to pedj-aa (large span)
palmus (palm width) to pedj-sheser (small span)
palmus (palm width) to amem (fist)
palmus (palm width) to deret (hand)
palmus (palm width) to shesep (palm)
palmus (palm width) 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.
palmus (palm width) to schoinos (σχοινός)
palmus (palm width) to parasanges (παρασάγγες, league)
palmus (palm width) to dolichos (δόλιχος)
palmus (palm width) to milion (μίλιον)
palmus (palm width) to hippikon (ἱππικόν)
palmus (palm width) to diaulos (δίαυλος)
palmus (palm width) to στάδιον, stadion
palmus (palm width) to stadium olympic
palmus (palm width) to stadium attic
palmus (palm width) to stadium ptolemey
palmus (palm width) to plethron (πλέθρον)
palmus (palm width) to hamma (ἅμμα)
palmus (palm width) to dekapous (δεκάπους)
palmus (palm width) to akaina (ἄκαινα)
palmus (palm width) to kalamos (κάλαμος)
palmus (palm width) to orgyia (ὄργυια, fathom)
palmus (palm width) to diploun bēma (διπλοῦν βῆμα, double pace)
palmus (palm width) to haploun bēma (ἁπλοῦν βῆμα, single pace)
palmus (palm width) to pēchys (πῆχυς, elbow)
palmus (palm width) to pygōn (πυγών)
palmus (palm width) to pygmē (πυγμή, forearm)
palmus (palm width) to pous (πούς, foot)
palmus (palm width) to spithamē (σπιθαμή, span of all fingers)
palmus (palm width) to orthodōron (ὀρθόδωρον, wrist to the tip of meddle finger)
palmus (palm width) to lichas (λιχάς)
palmus (palm width) to hemipodion (ἡμιπόδιον)
palmus (palm width) to dichas (διχάς, midfoot)
palmus (palm width) to dōron (δῶρον)
palmus (palm width) to palaiste (παλαιστή, palm)
palmus (palm width) to kondylos (κόνδυλος, two fingers)
palmus (palm width) 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.
palmus (palm width) to schœnus (rush rope)
palmus (palm width) to leuga (league)
palmus (palm width) to mille passus (mile)
palmus (palm width) to stadium (stade, furlong)
palmus (palm width) to actus
palmus (palm width) to decempeda
palmus (palm width) to pertica (perch)
palmus (palm width) to passus (pace)
palmus (palm width) to pes sestertius
palmus (palm width) to gradus (step)
palmus (palm width) to cubitus (cubit)
palmus (palm width) to palmipes
palmus (palm width) to pes (foot)
palmus (palm width) to palmus major (palm length)
palmus (palm width) to uncia (inch)
palmus (palm width) to pollex (thumb)
palmus (palm width) 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)  /  / uncia (inch)  / pollex (thumb)  / digitus (finger)
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Biblical

palmus (palm width) to cubit
palmus (palm width) to span
palmus (palm width) to handbreadth
palmus (palm width) 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.
palmus (palm width) to legua de por grado (league of the degree)
palmus (palm width) to legua marina (nautical)
palmus (palm width) to legua
palmus (palm width) to milla marina (nautical)
palmus (palm width) to milla
palmus (palm width) to cuerda of Valencia
palmus (palm width) to cuerda
palmus (palm width) to estadal
palmus (palm width) to braza
palmus (palm width) to paso
palmus (palm width) to vara
palmus (palm width) to codo de ribera
palmus (palm width) to codo
palmus (palm width) to pie
palmus (palm width) to palmo
palmus (palm width) to coto
palmus (palm width) to pulgada
palmus (palm width) to linea
palmus (palm width) 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.
palmus (palm width) to braça
palmus (palm width) to toesa
palmus (palm width) to passo geométrico
palmus (palm width) to vara
palmus (palm width) to côvado
palmus (palm width) to pé
palmus (palm width) to palmo de craveira
palmus (palm width) to polegada
palmus (palm width) to linha
palmus (palm width) 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
palmus (palm width) to lieue commune
palmus (palm width) to lieue marine
palmus (palm width) to lieue de post
palmus (palm width) to lieue metrique
palmus (palm width) to arpent
palmus (palm width) to perche
palmus (palm width) to toise
palmus (palm width) to pied [foot]
palmus (palm width) to pouce [inch]
palmus (palm width) 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 German (Prussian)

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

These units were used before adoption of metric system in 1871.
palmus (palm width) to meile
palmus (palm width) to ruthe
palmus (palm width) to klafner
palmus (palm width) to fuss
palmus (palm width) to zoll
palmus (palm width) to linie
palmus (palm width) 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.
palmus (palm width) to nymil (new mile, used since 1889 till now)
palmus (palm width) to mil (mile)
palmus (palm width) to fjärdingsväg
palmus (palm width) to rev before 1855
palmus (palm width) to rev after 1855
palmus (palm width) to stång
palmus (palm width) to famn (fanthom)
palmus (palm width) to aln (forealrm)
palmus (palm width) to fot (foot)
palmus (palm width) to kvarter
palmus (palm width) to tvärhand (hand)
palmus (palm width) to tum (thumb or inch) before 1855
palmus (palm width) to tum (thumb or inch) after 1855
palmus (palm width) to linje (line) before 1855
palmus (palm width) 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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