Linje (line) After 1855. 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.
linje (line) after 1855 to kilometer (km)
linje (line) after 1855 to meter (m)
linje (line) after 1855 to centimeter (cm)
linje (line) after 1855 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.
linje (line) after 1855 to mile (mi)
linje (line) after 1855 to yard (yd)
linje (line) after 1855 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.
linje (line) after 1855 to iteru (river measure)
linje (line) after 1855 to knet (rod of cord)
linje (line) after 1855 to nbiw (pole)
linje (line) after 1855 to meh niswt (royal cubit)
linje (line) after 1855 to meh nedjes (short cubit)
linje (line) after 1855 to remen
linje (line) after 1855 to djeser, bu
linje (line) after 1855 to pedj-aa (large span)
linje (line) after 1855 to pedj-sheser (small span)
linje (line) after 1855 to amem (fist)
linje (line) after 1855 to deret (hand)
linje (line) after 1855 to shesep (palm)
linje (line) after 1855 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.
linje (line) after 1855 to schoinos (σχοινός)
linje (line) after 1855 to parasanges (παρασάγγες, league)
linje (line) after 1855 to dolichos (δόλιχος)
linje (line) after 1855 to milion (μίλιον)
linje (line) after 1855 to hippikon (ἱππικόν)
linje (line) after 1855 to diaulos (δίαυλος)
linje (line) after 1855 to στάδιον, stadion
linje (line) after 1855 to stadium olympic
linje (line) after 1855 to stadium attic
linje (line) after 1855 to stadium ptolemey
linje (line) after 1855 to plethron (πλέθρον)
linje (line) after 1855 to hamma (ἅμμα)
linje (line) after 1855 to dekapous (δεκάπους)
linje (line) after 1855 to akaina (ἄκαινα)
linje (line) after 1855 to kalamos (κάλαμος)
linje (line) after 1855 to orgyia (ὄργυια, fathom)
linje (line) after 1855 to diploun bēma (διπλοῦν βῆμα, double pace)
linje (line) after 1855 to haploun bēma (ἁπλοῦν βῆμα, single pace)
linje (line) after 1855 to pēchys (πῆχυς, elbow)
linje (line) after 1855 to pygōn (πυγών)
linje (line) after 1855 to pygmē (πυγμή, forearm)
linje (line) after 1855 to pous (πούς, foot)
linje (line) after 1855 to spithamē (σπιθαμή, span of all fingers)
linje (line) after 1855 to orthodōron (ὀρθόδωρον, wrist to the tip of meddle finger)
linje (line) after 1855 to lichas (λιχάς)
linje (line) after 1855 to hemipodion (ἡμιπόδιον)
linje (line) after 1855 to dichas (διχάς, midfoot)
linje (line) after 1855 to dōron (δῶρον)
linje (line) after 1855 to palaiste (παλαιστή, palm)
linje (line) after 1855 to kondylos (κόνδυλος, two fingers)
linje (line) after 1855 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.
linje (line) after 1855 to schœnus (rush rope)
linje (line) after 1855 to leuga (league)
linje (line) after 1855 to mille passus (mile)
linje (line) after 1855 to stadium (stade, furlong)
linje (line) after 1855 to actus
linje (line) after 1855 to decempeda
linje (line) after 1855 to pertica (perch)
linje (line) after 1855 to passus (pace)
linje (line) after 1855 to pes sestertius
linje (line) after 1855 to gradus (step)
linje (line) after 1855 to cubitus (cubit)
linje (line) after 1855 to palmipes
linje (line) after 1855 to pes (foot)
linje (line) after 1855 to palmus major (palm length)
linje (line) after 1855 to palmus (palm width)
linje (line) after 1855 to uncia (inch)
linje (line) after 1855 to pollex (thumb)
linje (line) after 1855 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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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.
linje (line) after 1855 to legua de por grado (league of the degree)
linje (line) after 1855 to legua marina (nautical)
linje (line) after 1855 to legua
linje (line) after 1855 to milla marina (nautical)
linje (line) after 1855 to milla
linje (line) after 1855 to cuerda of Valencia
linje (line) after 1855 to cuerda
linje (line) after 1855 to estadal
linje (line) after 1855 to braza
linje (line) after 1855 to paso
linje (line) after 1855 to vara
linje (line) after 1855 to codo de ribera
linje (line) after 1855 to codo
linje (line) after 1855 to pie
linje (line) after 1855 to palmo
linje (line) after 1855 to coto
linje (line) after 1855 to pulgada
linje (line) after 1855 to linea
linje (line) after 1855 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.
linje (line) after 1855 to braça
linje (line) after 1855 to toesa
linje (line) after 1855 to passo geométrico
linje (line) after 1855 to vara
linje (line) after 1855 to côvado
linje (line) after 1855 to pé
linje (line) after 1855 to palmo de craveira
linje (line) after 1855 to polegada
linje (line) after 1855 to linha
linje (line) after 1855 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
linje (line) after 1855 to lieue commune
linje (line) after 1855 to lieue marine
linje (line) after 1855 to lieue de post
linje (line) after 1855 to lieue metrique
linje (line) after 1855 to arpent
linje (line) after 1855 to perche
linje (line) after 1855 to toise
linje (line) after 1855 to pied [foot]
linje (line) after 1855 to pouce [inch]
linje (line) after 1855 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.
linje (line) after 1855 to meile
linje (line) after 1855 to ruthe
linje (line) after 1855 to elle
linje (line) after 1855 to fuss
linje (line) after 1855 to zoll
linje (line) after 1855 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.
linje (line) after 1855 to meile
linje (line) after 1855 to ruthe
linje (line) after 1855 to klafner
linje (line) after 1855 to fuss
linje (line) after 1855 to zoll
linje (line) after 1855 to linie
linje (line) after 1855 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.
linje (line) after 1855 to nymil (new mile, used since 1889 till now)
linje (line) after 1855 to mil (mile)
linje (line) after 1855 to fjärdingsväg
linje (line) after 1855 to rev before 1855
linje (line) after 1855 to rev after 1855
linje (line) after 1855 to stång
linje (line) after 1855 to famn (fanthom)
linje (line) after 1855 to aln (forealrm)
linje (line) after 1855 to fot (foot)
linje (line) after 1855 to kvarter
linje (line) after 1855 to tvärhand (hand)
linje (line) after 1855 to tum (thumb or inch) before 1855
linje (line) after 1855 to tum (thumb or inch) after 1855
linje (line) after 1855 to linje (line) before 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  /

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