imperial system

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Noun[edit]

the imperial system (uncountable)

  1. A system of measurement in use in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries, now mostly superseded by the metric system; similar to the system currently used in the United States; consisting of units such as the inch, the mile and the pound (a unit of weight)

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Table of selected Imperial Units
Imperial unit symbol Imperial equivalent Metric equivalent
lengths
mile mi = 8 furlongs = 1.609344 km
= 1760 yards
= 5280 feet
furlong = 10 chains = 201.17 metres
= 220 yards
chain = 4 rods = 20.117 metres
= 22 yards
rod = 5½ yards = 5.029 metres
yard yd = 3 feet = 0.9144 metre
foot ft
'
= 12 inches = 30.48 cm
inch in
"
= 2.54 cm
acre = 208.71 ft by 208.71 ft
= 43,560 ft2
= 1 chain by 1 furlong
= 4,046.8564224 m2
weights
ton = 160 stone (UK) = 1015.7 kg
= 2240 pounds (UK)
= 2000 pounds (US)
hundredweight cwt = 8 stone (UK) = 50.8 kg
= 112 pounds (UK)
= 100 pounds (US)
stone st = 14 pounds = 6.356 kg
pound lb
#
= 16 ounces = 0.454 kg
ounce oz = 28.35g

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