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English Weights and Measures and their equivalents

In general, weights & measures in the UK are metric (except beer, which is measured in pints, see below)

Units legally used in business in the UK

Kilometre

1000 metres

Metre

 

Decimetre

1/10 of a metre

Centimetre

1/100 of a metre

Millimetre

1/1000 of a metre

   

Hectare

100 ares

Decare

10 ares

Are

100 square metres

Square metre

An area equal to that of a square each side of which measures one metre

Square decimetre

1/100 square metre

Square centimetre

1/100 square decimetre

Square millimetre

1/100 square centimetre

   

Cubic metre

A volume equal to that of a cube each edge of which measures one metre

Cubic decimetre

1/1000 cubic metre

Cubic centimetre

1/1000 cubic decimetre

Litre

A cubic decimetre

Decilitre

1/10 litre

Centilitre

1/100 litre

Millilitre

1/1000 litre

Pint

0.56826125 cubic decimetre

Hectolitre

100 litres

   

Tonne

1000 kilograms

Kilogram

 

Hectogram

1/10 kilogram

Gram

1/1000 kilogram

Carat (metric)

1/5 gram

Milligram

1/1000 gram

Other units not used for business but still commonly referred to:

UNIT

DEFINITION

CONVERSION FACTOR

NEW UNIT

Mile

1760 yards

1.609344

kilometre

Furlong

220 yards

201.168

metre

Chain

22 yards

20.1168

metre

Yard

0.9144 metre

0.9144

metre

Foot

1/3 yard

0.3048

metre

Inch

1/36 yard

2.54

centimetre

Square mile

640 acres

258.9988110336

hectare

Acre

4840 square yards

0.40468564224

hectare

Rood

1210 square yards

0.10117141056

hectare

Square yard

Area=square with sides of a yard

0.83612736

square metre

Square foot

1/9 square yard

0.09290304

square metre

Square inch

1.144 square foot

6.4516

square centimetre

Bushell

8 gallons

36.36872

litre

Peck

2 gallons

9.09218

litre

Gallon

4.54609 cubic decimetres

4.54609

litre

Quart

¼ gallon

1.1365225

litre

Gill

¼ pint

14.20653125

centilitre

Fluid ounce

1/20 pint

2.84130625

centilitre

Fluid drachm

1/8 fluid ounce

0.35516328125

centilitre

minim

1/60 fluid drachm

0.0591938802083

millilitre

Ton

2240 pounds

1.0160469088

tonne

Hundredweight

112 pounds

50.80234544

kg

Cental

100 pounds

 

kg

Quarter

28 pounds

12.70058636

kg

Stone

14 pounds

6.35029318

kg

pound

0.45359237 kilograms

0.45359237

kg

Ounce

1/16 pound

28.349523125

g

Dram

1/16 ounce

1.7718451953125

g

Grain

1/7000 pound

64.79891

milligram

Pennyweight

24 grains

1.55517384

g

Ounce apothecaries

480 grains

31.1034768

g

Drachm

1/8 ounce apothecaries

3.8879346

g

Scruple

1/3 drachm

1.2959782

g

Metric ton

1000 kilograms

   

quintel

100 kilograms

   

American Measures:

Some American measures have the same name as old English measures, but they're not the same...

  • The American pint has 16 fluid ounces whereas the UK pint has 20 fluid ounces  (US=473.176473 ml UK=568.26125 ml)
    Note: this is especially important to note when ordering a beer!
  • The American gallon has 8 pints as does the UK but the measure is different
  • (US=3.785411784 Litres UK=4.54609 Litres)

Metric measurements in the UK and US are the same.

Find out English Weights and Measures equivalents in your country: Dictionary of Units

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