dm - Decimeter. Conversion Chart

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Metric

decimeter to kilometer (km)
decimeter to meter (m)
decimeter to centimeter (cm)
decimeter to millimeter (mm)
decimeter to micrometre (micron)
decimeter to nanometer (nm)
decimeter to ångström
Units: kilometer (km)  / meter (m)  /  / 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.

decimeter to league
decimeter to mile (mi)
decimeter to land
decimeter to furlong
decimeter to bolt
decimeter to chain
decimeter to pole
decimeter to rod (rd)
decimeter to perch
decimeter to yard (yd)
decimeter to feet and inches (x'y")
decimeter to span
decimeter to hand
decimeter to inch (in)
decimeter to line
decimeter to mil
decimeter 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 The British Weights and Meausurements Act of 1824 repealed all existing British measures legislation and redefined existing units.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.
decimeter to league
decimeter to mile (mi)
decimeter to land
decimeter to skein
decimeter to bolt
decimeter to shackle
decimeter to furlong
decimeter to chain
decimeter to rope
decimeter to pole
decimeter to goad
decimeter to ell
decimeter to yard (yd)
decimeter to pace
decimeter to cubit (cu)
decimeter to foot (ft)
decimeter to span (sp)
decimeter to nail
decimeter to shaftment
decimeter to hand (hd)
decimeter to palm (plm)
decimeter to inch (in)
decimeter to finger
decimeter to digit
decimeter to barleycorn
decimeter to poppyseed
decimeter to line
decimeter to button
decimeter to caliber
decimeter to thou (th)
decimeter to mil
Units: league  / mile (mi)  / land  / skein  / 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

decimeter to furlong
decimeter to Ramsden's (engineers') chain (ch)
decimeter to Gunter's (surveyors') chain (ch)
decimeter to Gurley's chain (ch)
decimeter to Gunter's (surveyors') pole
decimeter to Gunter's (surveyors') yard
decimeter 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.
decimeter to nautical league (naut.leag)
decimeter to nautical mile (naut.mi)
decimeter to cable length (cbl)
decimeter 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.
decimeter to US nautical mile
decimeter 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.
decimeter to Admiralty mile
decimeter 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.
decimeter to cuadra of Argentina
decimeter to cuadra of Bolivia
decimeter to cuadra of Chile
decimeter to cuadra of Colombia
decimeter to cuadra of Ecuador
decimeter to cuadra of Nicaragua
decimeter to cuadra of Paraguay
decimeter to cuadra of Uruguay
decimeter to vara of Argentina
decimeter to vara of Brazil
decimeter to vara of Chile
decimeter to vara of Colombia
decimeter to vara of Costa Rica
decimeter to vara of Cuba
decimeter to vara of Dominican Republic
decimeter to vara of Ecuador
decimeter to vara of El Salvador
decimeter to vara of Guatemala
decimeter to vara of Honduras
decimeter to vara of Mexico
decimeter to vara of Nicaragua
decimeter to vara of Panama
decimeter to vara of Paraguay
decimeter to vara of Peru (peruana)
decimeter to vara of Peru (española)
decimeter to vara of Uruguay
decimeter to vara of São Tomé and Principe
decimeter 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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Japanese

decimeter to ri (里)
decimeter to cho (町)
decimeter to jo (丈)
decimeter to hiro (尋)
decimeter to ken (間)
decimeter to shaku (尺)
decimeter to sun (寸)
decimeter to bu (分)
decimeter to rin (厘)
decimeter 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

decimeter to li (市里)
decimeter to yin (引)
decimeter to zhang (市丈)
decimeter to chi (市尺)
decimeter to cun (市寸)
decimeter to fen (市分)
decimeter to li (釐 or 厘)
decimeter to hao (毫)
decimeter to si (丝)
decimeter 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

decimeter to li (里)
decimeter to yin (引)
decimeter to zhang (丈)
decimeter to bu (步)
decimeter to chi (尺)
decimeter to cun (寸)
decimeter to fen (分)
decimeter to li (釐 or 厘)
decimeter to hao (毫)
decimeter to si (丝)
decimeter 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

decimeter to cek (尺)
decimeter to tsun (寸)
decimeter 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.
decimeter to yot (โยชน์, league)
decimeter to sen (เส้น, rope)
decimeter to wa (วา, fathom)
decimeter to sok (ศอก, cubit)
decimeter to khuep (คืบ, span)
decimeter to nio (นิ้ว, finger)
decimeter 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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Optical

decimeter to dioptre (diopter)
Units: dioptre (diopter)
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Geographical (German)

decimeter 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.
decimeter to rack unit (U)
decimeter to horizontal pitch (HP)
Units: rack unit (U)  / horizontal pitch (HP)
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Typographical (British and U.S. - ATA system)

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

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

decimeter to Paris point
Units: Paris point
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Astronomical

decimeter to red shift (z)
decimeter to parsec (pc)
decimeter to light year
decimeter to astronomical unit (au)
decimeter to light minute
decimeter 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.
decimeter to light microsecond
decimeter to light nanosecond
decimeter 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.
decimeter to Planck length (L)
Units: Planck length (L)

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