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Units of Measurement – List of SI, Imperial & US Customary Units

Units of measurement list including Metric SI units (International System of Units), Imperial units and Unites States Customary Units (USCS). Where British, American, Canadian and Australian imperial units of volume differ we’ve included the differences.

Base SI Units of Measurement Dependencies Notes

  • Metre is dependent on second because its length is defined in terms of the distance traveled by light in a fraction of a second.
  • Candela and Ampere both depend on the definition of energy which is defined in terms of length (metre), mass (kilogram) and time (second).
  • Mole is dependent on kilogram because it is defined in terms of the weight of carbon atoms.
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Measurement Unit of Symbol System Formula / Definition of Units of Measurement
Meter/Metre Length m Metric (SI base unit) Since 1983 a meter is defined as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1,299,792,458th of a second. One of 7 SI base units of measurement
Millimeter Length mm Metric 0.001 m (1/1000th of a meter)
Centimeter Length cm Metric 0.01 m (1/100th of a meter)
Decimeter Length dm Metric 0.1 m (1/10th of a meter)
Kilometer Length km Metric 1000 meters (or 0.62137 mile or 3,280.8 feet)
Astronomical Unit Length AE Metric 1,49598 x 1011 m
Light Year Length lj Metric 9,4505 x 1015 m
Parsec Length pc Metric 3,0857 x 1016 m
Inch Length in or “ Imperial / USCS 1 inch = 2.54 cm or 25.4 mm
Foot Length ft Imperial / USCS 12 inches (or 30.48 cm or 304.8 mm)
Yard Length yd Imperial / USCS 3 feet or 36 inches (or 91.44 cm or 914.4 mm). The international yard is defined as exactly 0.9144 metres so it is effectively one of the fundamental Imperial units of measurement.
Mile Length mi Imperial / USCS 1,760 yards or 5,280 feet (or 1609 m or 1.61 km)
Nautical Mile Length sm Imperial exactly 1,852 meters (or about 6,076 feet)
Square meter Area sqm or m2 Metric (derived) 1 square meter = 10,000 cm2 = 1,000,000 mm2
Acre Area acre Imperial / USCS 1 acre 43560 sq ft = 4046.873 m2 and 0.405 hectare
Are Area a or ares Metric (derived) 1 are = 100 m² ≡ 0.0247 acre. 100 ares = 1 hectare, the most common unit of land measurement in the world
Hectare Area ha Metric 1 ha = 100 ares which is 10,000 m2 and ≡ 2.47 acres
Square inches Area in2 Imperial 1 square inch = 6.4516 cm2
Square feet Area ft2 Imperial 1 square foot = 144 square inches (12″ x 12″) = 0.093 m2
Square yards Area yd2 Imperial 1 square yard = 9 square feet = 0.836 m2
Square miles Area mi2 Imperial 1 square mile = 2.59 km2
Cubic meter Volume (V) m3 Metric 1m x 1m x 1m
Liter Volume (V) l Metric (rough guide: 1 liter of water weighs approximately 1kg at 4ºC)
Milliliter Volume (V) ml Metric 1 cm3 ≡ 0,001 liter
Centiliter Volume (V) cl Metric 0,01 l ≡ 10 ml
Deciliter Volume (V) dl Metric 0,1 l ≡ 100 ml
Hectoliter Volume (V) hl Metric 100 liters
Cubic Inch Volume (V) cu in or in3 USCS 1 Cubic Inch 16.387 ml
Cubic Foot Volume (V) cu ft or ft3 USCS 1 Cubic Foot = 1,728 cu in and 28.317
Cubic Yard Volume (V) cu yd or yd3 USCS 1 Cubic Yard = 27 cu ft and 764.555 or 0.7645m3
Acre-Foot Volume (V) acre ft USCS I Acr -Foot = 43560 cu ft and 1233.48m3
Teaspoon Volume (V) tsp Imperial / USCS
  • UK: 1 imperial teaspoon ≈ 1.20095 US teaspoon ≈ 5.91939 ml
  • US: 1 US teaspoon ≡ 13 US tablespoon ≡ 16 US fluid ounce and ≈ 0.83 imperial teaspoon ≈ 4.93 ml
Tablespoon Volume (V) tbsp Imperial / USCS
  • UK: 1 imperial tablespoon ≈ 1.20095 US tablespoon ≈ 17.7582 ml
  • US: 1 US tablespoon ≡ 3 US teaspoons ≡ 12 US fluid ounce and ≈ 0.832674 imperial tablespoon ≈ 14.8 ml
  • Australia: 1 Australian tablespoon ≈ 20 ml
  • Canada: 1 Canadian tablespoon ≈ 15 ml
Fluid ounce Volume (V) fl oz or oz. fl Imperial / USCS
  • UK: 1 imperial fluid ounce ≡ 1160 imperial gallon 120 imperial pint ≡ 15 imperial gill and ≈ 28.41 mm3 ≈ 1.73 cubic inches ≈ 0.96 US fluid ounces
  • US: 1 US fluid ounce ≡ 1128 US gallon ≡ 116 US pint ≡ 14 US gill ≡ 2 US tablespoons ≡ 6 US teaspoons and ≈ 1.04 imperial fluid ounces ≈ 29.57 ml
Cup Volume (V) cup Imperial / USCS
  • UK 1 cup ≡ 284.13 ml
  • USA 1 cup ≡ 236.59 ml
  • Australia/Canada ≡ 250 ml
Gill Volume (V) gill Imperial / USCS
  • UK: 1 imperial gill ≡ 14 imperial pint ≡ 5 imperial fluid ounces and ≈ 1.2 US gills ≈ 142 ml
  • US: 1 US liquid gill ≡ 14 US liquid pint ≡ 4 US fluid ounces ≡ 1⁄32 US gallon and ≈ 5⁄6 imperial gills = 118 ml
  • US: 1 US dry gill = 138 ml
Pint Volume (V) pt or p Imperial / USCS
  • UK: 1 imperial pint ≡ 18 imperial gallon ≡ 4 imperial gills ≡ 20 imperial fluid ounces and ≈ 1.2 US liquid pints ≈ 568 ml
  • US: 1 US liquid pint ≡ 18 US liquid gallon ≡ 16 US fluid ounces and ≈ 0.83 imperial pints ≈ 473 ml
  • US: 1 US dry pint ≡ 18 US dry gallons ≡ 33.6 cubic inches and ≈ 0.97 imperial pints ≈ 551 ml
Quart Volume (V) qt Imperial / USCS
  • UK: 1 imperial quart ≡ 14 imperial gallon ≡ 40 imperial fluid ounces and ≈ 1.14 litres ≈ 38.43 US fluid ounces
  • US: 1 US liquid quart ≡ 14 US liquid gallon ≡ 32 US fluid ounces and ≈ 33 imperial fluid ounces ≈ 946 ml
  • US: 1 US dry quart ≡ 14 US dry gallon ≡ 67.2 cubic inches and ≈ 38.76 imperial fluid ounces ≈ 1101 ml
Gallon Volume (V) gal Imperial / USCS
  • UK: 1 imperial gallon was defined in 1824 as the volume of 10 pounds of water at 62°F and ≡ 8 imperial pints ≡ 160 imperial fluid ounces ≡ 4.55 liters and ≈ 1.2 US gallons
  • US: 1 US liquid gallon ≡ 8 US pints ≡ 16 US fluid ounces ≡ 3.78 liters and ≈ 0.83 imperial gallons
  • US: 1 US dry gallon ≡ 268.8 cubic inches ≈ 4.4 liters. Not used in commerce
Radian Angle (α) rad or c Metric (derived) 1 rad = 57.295° (2Π radians = 360 degrees, which is a circle)
Degree Angle (α) ° or deg Metric Π/180° = 0.01745329 rad (1 degree = Π/180 radians)
Steradian Solid angle (Ω) sr Metric (derived) A steradian is (180/Π)2 square degrees (about 3282.8 square degrees)
Second Time (t) s Metric (SI base unit) 1 second = 9,192,631,770 cycles of the standard Cs-133 transition (the period required by electrons flitting between 2 energy levels in a Caesium isotope). One of 7 SI base units of measurement
Minute Time (t) min Metric (derived) 60 seconds
Hour Time (t) h Metric (derived) 60 min ≡ 3,600 seconds
Day Time (t) d Metric (derived) 24 hours ≡ 1,440 minutes or 86,400 seconds
Year Time (t) a Metric (derived) 365.24 days
Hertz Frequency (f) Hz Metric (derived) One cycle per second: 1/s or s−1
Angular Frequency Frequency (f) ω Metric Radians per secound. 1 x s-1 ≡ 60 x min-1
Decibel Sound dB Metric Logarithmic unit to describe a ratio which could be intensity, power, sound pressure, voltage or in common usage loudness
Kilogram meters per second Momentum kg m/s Metric Momentum = Mass x Velocity. The derived unit is newton second
Miles per hour Speed mph Imperial Distance divided by time
Meters per second Speed m/s or kph Metric Distance divided by time
Gravity Imperial
Acceleration of Gravity (g) ft/s2 Imperial 1 g = 32.174 ft/s2 = 386.1 in/s2 = 22 mph/s
Gravity Metric Acceleration of Gravity (g) m/s2 Metric 1 g = 9.81 m/s2 = 35.30394 (km/h)/s
Feet per second Mass ft/s Imperial
Grams Mass g Metric (derived) 1000 grams = 1 kg or 1 gram = 0.001 kg
Kilogram Mass kg Metric (SI base unit) 1 kilogram = 1000g and is the mass of an international kilogram prototype (a cylinder made from a platinum-iridium alloy) ≈ 2.2 pounds. One of 7 SI base units of measurement
Grain Mass gr Imperial / USCS 1 Grain = 1⁄7000 lb and ≈ 0.0648 g or 64.8 mg
Dram Mass dr Imperial / USCS 1 Dram = 27 11⁄32 gr and ≈ 1.77 g
Ounce Mass oz Imperial 1 Ounce = 1/16 pound or 16 dr ≈ 28.35 g
Pound Mass lb Imperial / USCS 1 Pound = 16 oz ≈ 0.45 kg. The pound is one of the fundamental Imperial units of measurement.
Hundredweight Mass cwt Imperial / USCS
  • UK: 8 stone or 112 lb (50.80234544 kg) long ton (2240 lb, 1016.0469088 kg) 2o hundredweights make a ton
  • US: 100 lb (45.359237 kg) short ton (2000 lb; 907.18474 kg) 2o hundredweights make a ton
Ton Mass ton Imperial / USCS
  • UK: 2240 lb ≡ 20 (UK) hundredweight 1016.047 kg (aka long ton, weight ton, gross ton, ton shortweight)
  • US (formerly Canada): 2000 lb  ≡ 20 (US) hundredweight 907.1847 kg (aka short ton, net ton)
Tonne
Mass t Metric 1000 kg 2204.622 lb (aka a metric ton in the USA)
Slug Mass slug USCS 1 slug = 1 lbf·s2/ft (A mass that accelerates by 1 ft/s2 when a force of one pound (lbf) is exerted on it)
Density Density (ρ) kg/m3 Metric Density = mass divided by volume in kilogram per cubic meter (kg/m3)
Newton Force, Weight (F) N Metric (derived) Named after Sir Isaac Newton. Kg and m/s2
Kilopond Force (F) kp Metric 9.80665 Newtons
Pond Force (F) p Metric 9,80665 x 10-3 Newtons
Newton meter Torque (M) Metric N x m = kg x m2 x s-2
Joule Work, Energy (E) J Metric (derived) N x m = W x s = kg x m2 x s-2
Watt Power, Radiant Flux (P) w Metric (derived) J x s-1 = kg x m2 x s-3
Kilowatt Power (P) kw Metric 1 Kilowatt ≡ 1,000 Watts
Horsepower Power (P) hp Deprecated 1 horsepower equates to the power required to lift 75 kg 1 meter in 1 second which is 735.5w. Horsepower is officially obsolete but still in common usage
Pascal Pressure, Stress Pa Metric (derived) One newton per square metre. Named after Blaise Pascal.
Bar Power (P) bar Metric 1 bar ≡ 105 Pa
Pounds per square inch Pressure psi or lbf/in2 Imperial 1 psi ≈ 6894.8 Pascal or 0.0689 Bar
Kelvin Temperature (T) K Metric (SI) One Kelvin is the 1/273.15 of the thermodynamic temperature of the triple point of water = 0.01°C. One of the 7 Metric SI base units of measurement
Centigrade Temperature (T) °C Metric (derived) 0°C is the freezing point of water. Absolute zero is -273.15°C or 0 Kelvin.
Calorie Amount of Heat (Q) Cal or kcal / cal Metric 1 Thermochemical calorie = 4.1868 Joules. There are two common uses:
  • 1 large calorie (Cal or kcal) is commonly used to indicate calories in food and by nutritionists. It’s roughly the amount of energy needed to increase the temperature of 1 kg of water by 1°C
  • 1 small or gram calorie (cal) is roughly the amount of energy needed to increase the temperature of one gram of water by 1°C
Fahrenheit Temperature (T) °F Imperial / USCS Temperature scale on which water freezes at 32°F and boils at 212°F under standard conditions
Candela Luminous Intensity (l) cd Metric (SI base unit) One Candela = the light from one candle.
Today the color of the light and its direction also have to be taken into account. Based on a frequency of 540 x 1012 cycles per second in Hertz the color is yellowish green, which the human eye distinguishes really well. One of 7 SI base units of measurement
Candela per square metre Luminance (L) cd/m2 Metric (derived) The intensity of light emitted from a surface per unit area in a given direction
Lumen Luminous Flux (Φ) lm Metric (derived) cd x sr. A lumen is the measure of the total amount of visible light emitted from a source, taking into account the beam and angle
Lux Illuminance (E) lx Metric (derived) One lumen per square metre. lm x s = cd x sr x m-2
Lumen Seconds Light quantity (Q) ls Metric lm x s
Diopter Refractive Index (D) dpt Metric 1 x m-1
Ampere Current (I) A / Amps Metric (SI base unit) Used to express the flow rate of electric charge. 1 ampere equates to a flow of one coulomb per second. One of 7 SI base units of measurement
Coulomb Electric Charge (Q) C Metric (derived) Charge carried by a constant current of one ampere in one second
Volt Voltage, Electrical (U) V Metric (derived) Potential difference in charge expressed as a ratio between two points in an electrical field. W x A-1 = kg x m2 x (s3 x A)-1
Ohm Electrical Resistance, Impedence (R) Ω Metric (derived) W x A-1 = kg x m2 x (s3 x A2)-1
(Mnemonic to remember the order of color coding on resistors)
Farad Electrical Capacitance (F) F Metric (derived) One farad is the capacitance across which, when charged with one coulomb, has a potential difference of one volt. Named after Michael Faraday
Siemens Electrical Conductance (S) S Metric (derived) One Siemens is equal to the reciprocal of one ohm. Named after Ernst Werner von Siemens
Henry Electrical Inductance (H) H Metric (derived) The inductance of a closed circuit in which an electromotive force of one volt is produced when the electric current in the circuit varies uniformly at a rate of one ampere per second. Named after Joseph Henry
Weber Magnetic Flux (Wb) Wb Metric (derived) A change in flux of one Weber per second induces an electromotive force of one volt. Named after Wilhelm Eduard Weber
Tesla Magnetic Flux Density, Magnetic Field (T) (T) Metric (derived) One tesla is equal to one Weber per square metre. Named after Nikola Tesla
Becquerel Radioactive Decay Bq Metric (derived) Bq = 1 x s-1
Mole Amount of Substance (s) mol Metric (SI base unit) One mole is the number of atoms in 12 thousandths of a kilogram of carbon C-12. It’s called the Avogadro constant and is approximately 6.022169 x 1023. One of 7 SI base units of measurement
Paper Bale Paper Quantity ream Imperial 1 ream = 500 sheets of paper
Dozen Quantities dz or doz Imperial 12 items, eggs are commonly sold as half a dozen or a dozen. A bakers dozen is 13 items, 12+1 to be sure they were not underweight
7 SI Base Units of Measurement

Seven SI Base Units of Measurement:

  • Ampere – unit of measurement for electric current
  • Candela – unit of measurement for luminous intensity
  • Kelvin – unit of measurement for temperature
  • Kilogram – unit of measurement for mass
  • Meter/Metre – unit of measurement for length
  • Mole – unit of measurement for amount of substance
  • Second – unit of measurement for time
Key Facts & Differences Between US & Imperial Units

Key Differences Between Imperial and USC Units

  • Length:
    Conversion between Imperial and USC Units of measurement for length is based on 1959 International Yard and Pound Agreement between the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa which defines the international yard as exactly 0.9144 metres.
  • Volume:
    • Imperial and US Customary Units of measurement based on cubic length (cubic inch, cubic foot etc) are the SAME.
    • Imperial and US Customary Units of measurement for specific volume units (bushel, gallon, fluid ounce etc) are DIFFERENT.
    • USC units of measurement for volumes are DIFFERENT for fluids and dry goods:
    • Imperial units of measurement for specific volumes are the SAME for fluids and dry goods.
    • Imperial and USC units of measurement for volumes EVEN WITH THE SAME NAMES are DIFFERENT specifically (teaspoon, tablespoon, cup fluid ounce, gill, pint, quart and gallon).
    • USC units of measurement for DRY volumes (gallons, quarts, pints, gills) are approximately 3.3% smaller than the equivalent Imperial volume units of measurement.
    • USC units of measurement for FLUID volumes (gallons, quarts, pints and gills are about 20% smaller than the equivalent Imperial volume units of measurement BUT Imperial fluid ounces are approximately 4% smaller than US fluid ounces.
    • Canada uses a mixture of both systems which causes labeling confusion for units of measurement on bottles and cans.
  • Weight & Mass:
    Historically there are three different weight systems, all based on fractions or multiples of the pound (lb):
    • Troy weight; for precious metals
    • Apothecaries’ weight; for medicines, now mostly superseded by metric units of measurement.
    • Avoirdupois weight; most other purposes
Why Are Imperial & USC Units of Measurement Different?

Imperial & USC Units of Measurement Are Different Because…

In 1824 various different volume units of measurement, in use across the British Empire, were replaced with a single system based on the Imperial gallon. The US continued to use the “obsolete” Winchester measure and formally adopted it in 1836 to define the US dry gallon. The US fluid gallon was defined as 231 cubic inches. Both Imperial and USC units sub-divide a gallon into four quarts, eight pints and 32 gills.
The US gill is divided into four US fluid ounces but the Imperial gill is divided into five Imperial fluid ounces. This leads to confusion when converting sub-divisions of fluid ounces.

How Do Differences Between Imperial & US Units Affect YOU?

Here’s How Differences Between Imperial & US Units Affect Us All:

  • Body Weights: In the US body weight is measured in pounds, in the UK, and some other countries, body weight is still typically measured in stones and pounds (or kilograms).
  • Drivers: When comparing gas/petrol prices, or calculating miles per gallon (MPG), make sure you use the appropriate US Gallon to Imperial Gallons (or Litres) conversion.
  • Cooks/Chefs: When using recipes which include teaspoons, tablespoons and cups units of measurement to check whether the units of measurement are US or Imperial.
  • Buying heavy items: UK and US tons (and hundredweights) are different and there’s also a metric tonne (metric ton). The difference between the heaviest (UK) and lightest (US) is 11%.

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