# metric system

metric system## metric system

noun

## metric-system

(*uncountable*)

- The system of measurements developed in France in the 1790s and now used worldwide.
- The modern version of that system, Systeme Internationale d'Unites (International System of Units), or SI system of measurements that is based on the base units of the meter/metre, the kilogram, the second, the ampere, the kelvin, the mole, and the candela.
- see Appendix on SI Units

- Any variant of that system, that was not codified as SI, such as cgs

- attributive form of
*metric system**metric-system proponent*

## metric system - Computer Definition

A system of weights and measures that uses the gram, meter and liter as its primary units of weight, distance and capacity. The metric system is used all over the world except in the U.S., Liberia and Myanmar (formerly Burma). See space/time.
**COMMON METRIC EQUIVALENTS**
**Grams** ** Pounds Ounces**
gram .0022 .04
decagram (10) .0220 .35
hectogram (100) .2204 3.5
kilogram (1000) 2.2046 35.3
**Liters**
1 = 1.06 quarts
3.8 = 1 gallon
**Meters** ** Fe****et**
1 decameter (10 m) ** ** 33
1 hectometer (100 m) 328
1 kilometer (1000 m) 3281
**Meters Inches**
1 meter 39.37
1 centimeter .3937
1 millimeter .03937
1 micrometer .00003937
1 nanometer .00000003937