Skein. Conversion Chart

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skein to kilometer (km)
skein to meter (m)
skein to decimeter (dm)
skein to centimeter (cm)
skein to millimeter (mm)
skein to micrometre (micron)
skein to nanometer (nm)
skein to ångström
Units: kilometer (km)  / meter (m)  / decimeter (dm)  / centimeter (cm)  / millimeter (mm)  / micrometre (micron)  / nanometer (nm)  / ångström
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The American System (US Customary Units) and British Imperial Measures

American weights and measures are based on units used in Britain prior to 1826, when imperial system was officially established. Until 1960-1963 American and British units of length were different in 2 parts per million. In the middle of 20th century it started causing problems and the governments of the two countries agreed to refine the measures to exactly match. Since then Great Britain and the United States were using the same measures of length. In the U.S. the old standard of foot was retained with the name US survey foot.

From 1995 the UK adopted metric units for general use. The only imperial measures of length that can be officially used now are miles, yards, feet and inches for road traffic signs.

skein to league
skein to mile (mi)
skein to land
skein to furlong
skein to bolt
skein to chain
skein to pole
skein to rod (rd)
skein to perch
skein to yard (yd)
skein to feet and inches (x'y")
skein to span
skein to hand
skein to inch (in)
skein to line
skein to mil
skein to microinch
Units: league  / mile (mi)  / land  / furlong  / bolt  / chain  / pole  / rod (rd)  / perch  / yard (yd)  / foot (ft)  / feet and inches (x'y")  / span  / hand  / inch (in)  / line  / mil  / microinch
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British Imperial Measure before 1963

The first English official measurement standards were defined in 15th century. British system of units, known as imperial units, was established in 1824. The British Weights and Meausurements Act of 1824 repealed all existing British measures legislation and redefined existing units. The 1963 Weights and Measures Act standartized the international measures.
skein to league
skein to mile (mi)
skein to land
skein to bolt
skein to shackle
skein to furlong
skein to chain
skein to rope
skein to pole
skein to goad
skein to ell
skein to yard (yd)
skein to pace
skein to cubit (cu)
skein to foot (ft)
skein to span (sp)
skein to nail
skein to shaftment
skein to hand (hd)
skein to palm (plm)
skein to inch (in)
skein to finger
skein to digit
skein to barleycorn
skein to poppyseed
skein to line
skein to button
skein to caliber
skein to thou (th)
skein to mil
Units: league  / mile (mi)  / land  /  / bolt  / shackle  / furlong  / chain  / rope  / pole  / goad  / ell  / yard (yd)  / pace  / cubit (cu)  / foot (ft)  / span (sp)  / nail  / shaftment  / hand (hd)  / palm (plm)  / inch (in)  / finger  / digit  / barleycorn  / poppyseed  / line  / button  / caliber  / thou (th)  / mil
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US Surveyors' Measure

skein to furlong
skein to Ramsden's (engineers') chain (ch)
skein to Gunter's (surveyors') chain (ch)
skein to Gurley's chain (ch)
skein to Gunter's (surveyors') pole
skein to Gunter's (surveyors') yard
skein to Gunter's (surveyors') foot (ft)
Units: furlong  / Ramsden's (engineers') chain (ch)  / Gunter's (surveyors') chain (ch)  / Gurley's chain (ch)  / Gunter's (surveyors') pole  / Gunter's (surveyors') yard  / Ramsden's (engineers') link  / Gunter's (surveyors') link  / Gurley's link  / Gunter's (surveyors') foot (ft)
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International Nautical Measure

The international nautical mile was defined by the First International Extraordinary Hydrographic Conference, Monaco in 1929. This is the only definition in widespread current use, and is the one accepted by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures. Before 1929 different countries had different definitions, and the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States did not immediately accept the international value.
skein to nautical league (naut.leag)
skein to nautical mile (naut.mi)
skein to cable length (cbl)
skein to fathom (fath)
Units: nautical league (naut.leag)  / nautical mile (naut.mi)  / cable length (cbl)  / fathom (fath)
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US Nautical Measure

These measures were abandoned in favor of the international nautical measures in 1954.
skein to US nautical mile
skein to US fathom (fath)
Units: US nautical mile  / US cable length  / US fathom (fath)
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British (Imperial) Nautical Measure

These measures were abandoned in favor of the international nautical measures in 1970.
skein to Admiralty mile
skein to Admiralty cable length
Units: Admiralty mile  / Admiralty cable length
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Spanish Customary Units Still In Use Today

These units are still actively used in some countries of Latin America. Their values vary from country to country. You can find more old Spanish customary units on our historical lengths page.
skein to cuadra of Argentina
skein to cuadra of Bolivia
skein to cuadra of Chile
skein to cuadra of Colombia
skein to cuadra of Ecuador
skein to cuadra of Nicaragua
skein to cuadra of Paraguay
skein to cuadra of Uruguay
skein to vara of Argentina
skein to vara of Brazil
skein to vara of Chile
skein to vara of Colombia
skein to vara of Costa Rica
skein to vara of Cuba
skein to vara of Dominican Republic
skein to vara of Ecuador
skein to vara of El Salvador
skein to vara of Guatemala
skein to vara of Honduras
skein to vara of Mexico
skein to vara of Nicaragua
skein to vara of Panama
skein to vara of Paraguay
skein to vara of Peru (peruana)
skein to vara of Peru (española)
skein to vara of Uruguay
skein to vara of São Tomé and Principe
skein to vara of Venezuela
Units: cuadra of Argentina  / cuadra of Bolivia  / cuadra of Chile  / cuadra of Colombia  / cuadra of Ecuador  / cuadra of Nicaragua  / cuadra of Paraguay  / cuadra of Uruguay  / vara of Argentina  / vara of Brazil  / vara of Chile  / vara of Colombia  / vara of Costa Rica  / vara of Cuba  / vara of Dominican Republic  / vara of Ecuador  / vara of El Salvador  / vara of Guatemala  / vara of Honduras  / vara of Mexico  / vara of Nicaragua  / vara of Panama  / vara of Paraguay  / vara of Peru (peruana)  / vara of Peru (española)  / vara of Uruguay  / vara of São Tomé and Principe  / vara of Venezuela
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skein to ri (里)
skein to cho (町)
skein to jo (丈)
skein to hiro (尋)
skein to ken (間)
skein to shaku (尺)
skein to sun (寸)
skein to bu (分)
skein to rin (厘)
skein to mo (毛, 毫)
Units: ri (里)  / cho (町)  / jo (丈)  / hiro (尋)  / ken (間)  / shaku (尺)  / sun (寸)  / bu (分)  / rin (厘)  / mo (毛, 毫)
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Chinese units of 1930

skein to li (市里)
skein to yin (引)
skein to zhang (市丈)
skein to chi (市尺)
skein to cun (市寸)
skein to fen (市分)
skein to li (釐 or 厘)
skein to hao (毫)
skein to si (丝)
skein to hu (忽)
Units: li (市里)  / yin (引)  / zhang (市丈)  / chi (市尺)  / cun (市寸)  / fen (市分)  / li (釐 or 厘)  / hao (毫)  / si (丝)  / hu (忽)
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Chinese units of 1915

skein to li (里)
skein to yin (引)
skein to zhang (丈)
skein to bu (步)
skein to chi (尺)
skein to cun (寸)
skein to fen (分)
skein to li (釐 or 厘)
skein to hao (毫)
skein to si (丝)
skein to hu (忽)
Units: li (里)  / yin (引)  / zhang (丈)  / bu (步)  / chi (尺)  / cun (寸)  / fen (分)  / li (釐 or 厘)  / hao (毫)  / si (丝)  / hu (忽)
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Hong Kong units

skein to cek (尺)
skein to tsun (寸)
skein to fan (分)
Units: cek (尺)  / tsun (寸)  / fan (分)
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Thai units

Some of these units are still in use even though metric system was formally established in 1923. Before the metrication the old units were standartied to exact metric values.
skein to yot (โยชน์, league)
skein to sen (เส้น, rope)
skein to wa (วา, fathom)
skein to sok (ศอก, cubit)
skein to khuep (คืบ, span)
skein to nio (นิ้ว, finger)
skein to krabiat (กระเบียด, quarter of a finger)
Units: yot (โยชน์, league)  / sen (เส้น, rope)  / wa (วา, fathom)  / sok (ศอก, cubit)  / khuep (คืบ, span)  / nio (นิ้ว, finger)  / krabiat (กระเบียด, quarter of a finger)
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skein to dioptre (diopter)
Units: dioptre (diopter)
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Geographical (German)

skein to geographical mile
Units: geographical mile
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Computer Equipment

A rack unit, U or RU is a unit of measure that describes the height of equipment designed to mount in a 19-inch rack or a 23-inch rack. The 19-inch (482.6 mm) or 23-inch (584.2 mm) dimension refers to the width of the equipment mounting frame in the rack including the frame; the width of the equipment that can be mounted inside the rack is less.
skein to rack unit (U)
skein to horizontal pitch (HP)
Units: rack unit (U)  / horizontal pitch (HP)
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Typographical (British and U.S. - ATA system)

skein to pica
skein to pica [PostScript]
skein to point (pt)
skein to point [PostScript] (pt)
skein to pixel (px)
skein to twip
Units: pica  / pica [PostScript]  / point (pt)  / point [PostScript] (pt)  / pixel (px)  / twip
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Typographical (Europe - Didot system)

skein to cicero
skein to point (pt)
Units: cicero  / point (pt)
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European footwear unit

skein to Paris point
Units: Paris point
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skein to red shift (z)
skein to parsec (pc)
skein to light year
skein to astronomical unit (au)
skein to light minute
skein to light second
Units: red shift (z)  / parsec (pc)  / light year  / astronomical unit (au)  / light minute  / light second
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Grace Hopper's units of distance

Grace Hopper is famous for her nanoseconds visual aid. People used to ask her why satellite communication took so long. She started handing out pieces of wire that were just under one foot long (11.80 inches) — the distance that light travels in one nanosecond. She also passed out packets of pepper, calling the individual grains of ground pepper picoseconds. She also used these aids to illustrate why computers had to be small to be fast.
skein to light microsecond
skein to light nanosecond
skein to light picosecond
Units: light microsecond  / light nanosecond  / light picosecond
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Natural units

In physics, natural units are physical units of measurement based only on universal physical constants. The origin of their definition comes only from properties of nature and not from any human construct.
skein to Planck length (L)
Units: Planck length (L)

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