### How Long is a Meter?

Q:

**How Long Is a Meter?**

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**QUICK ANSWER**

A meter is approximately 39.37 inches long. The equivalent of 3.28 feet or 1.09 yards. It is also equal to 10 decimeters, 100 centimeters, and 1,000 millimeters.

#### FULL ANSWER

The inch, foot, and yard are U.S. customary units of length derived from the imperial system of measurement, used primarily in the United States. The meter, decimeter, centimeter, and millimeter are units of length in the metric system. This system is used in most of the rest of the industrialized world and is favored for its ease of use. The system is based on units of 10. With conversions often involving, little more than moving a decimal point to the right or left.

Originally, a meter was intended to be equal, to one ten-millionth of the distance from the Earth's equator to the North Pole. But, its definition has evolved over time. Like other units of the metric system. Meters are easily divisible by powers of ten. Many decimal innovators, including Thomas Jefferson. Preferred standardized units to use decimal systems. As of 2014, the only countries that have not adopted the metric system are the United States. Myanmar, and Liberia.

Q:

**How Long Is a Linear Meter?**

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**QUICK ANSWER**

A linear meter is equal to 39.37 inches. 3.28 feet or 1.28 yards in the U.S. customary system of measurement. A linear meter is a standard metric unit used to measure length.

**FULL ANSWER**

The National Institute of Standards and Technology sets the length of a meter as the length light travels in a vacuum during a period of 1/299,792,458 of a second. Using the conventions of the metric system, a meter equals 100 centimeters, and 1000 meters equals a kilometer.

The term linear is not usually used because it is commonly understood that a meter is a unit of length that is used to measure lines.