# Meter Conversion Calculator

Enter a value in meters below to convert to another unit of length.

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## What Is a Meter?

A meter is a unit used to measure length.

The meter, or metre, is the SI base unit for length in the metric system. Meters can be abbreviated as m; for example, 1 meter can be written as 1 m.

### Background and Origin

The meter was originally defined as 1/10,000,000 the distance from the equator to the North Pole. The original definition was adopted by the French in 1793.

Due to the irregularity of the Earth making this definition inaccurate and the difficulty in measuring the meter, the prototype metre bar was created as a reference dimension in the late 18th century. It was discovered that the original prototype bar was inaccurate, and was later recreated nearly 100 years later in the late 19th century.

It wasn't until 1983 that the meter was redefined in terms of the speed of light in a set time interval which replaced the use of the physical artifact to define its true length.

## How Long Is a Meter?

According to the most recent 2019 definition, the meter is defined as the distance traveled by light in vacuum during a time interval with a duration of 1/299,792,458 of a second.[1] One meter is equal to 100 centimeters, 3.28084 feet, or 39.37 inches.

## How to Convert Meters

To convert meters to another unit of length, you need to multiply the value by a conversion factor. A conversion factor is a numerical value used to change the units of a measurement without changing the value.[2]

You can find the conversion factors for meters in the conversion table below.

Then, multiply the length measurement by the conversion factor to find the equivalent value in the desired unit of measurement.

meters × conversion factor = result

You can also use a calculator, such as one of the converters below, for the conversion.

## Meter Conversion Table

Common meter values and equivalent imperial and metric length measurements
meters miles yards feet inches kilometers centimeters millimeters micrometers nanometers
1 m 0.000621 mi 1.093613 yd 3.28084' 39.370079" 0.001 km 100 cm 1,000 mm 1,000,000 µm 1,000,000,000 nm
2 m 0.001243 mi 2.187227 yd 6.56168' 78.740157" 0.002 km 200 cm 2,000 mm 2,000,000 µm 2,000,000,000 nm
3 m 0.001864 mi 3.28084 yd 9.84252' 118.110236" 0.003 km 300 cm 3,000 mm 3,000,000 µm 3,000,000,000 nm
4 m 0.002485 mi 4.374453 yd 13.12336' 157.480315" 0.004 km 400 cm 4,000 mm 4,000,000 µm 4,000,000,000 nm
5 m 0.003107 mi 5.468066 yd 16.404199' 196.850394" 0.005 km 500 cm 5,000 mm 5,000,000 µm 5,000,000,000 nm
6 m 0.003728 mi 6.56168 yd 19.685039' 236.220472" 0.006 km 600 cm 6,000 mm 6,000,000 µm 6,000,000,000 nm
7 m 0.00435 mi 7.655293 yd 22.965879' 275.590551" 0.007 km 700 cm 7,000 mm 7,000,000 µm 7,000,000,000 nm
8 m 0.004971 mi 8.748906 yd 26.246719' 314.96063" 0.008 km 800 cm 8,000 mm 8,000,000 µm 8,000,000,000 nm
9 m 0.005592 mi 9.84252 yd 29.527559' 354.330709" 0.009 km 900 cm 9,000 mm 9,000,000 µm 9,000,000,000 nm
10 m 0.006214 mi 10.936133 yd 32.808399' 393.700787" 0.01 km 1,000 cm 10,000 mm 10,000,000 µm 10,000,000,000 nm
11 m 0.006835 mi 12.029746 yd 36.089239' 433.070866" 0.011 km 1,100 cm 11,000 mm 11,000,000 µm 11,000,000,000 nm
12 m 0.007456 mi 13.12336 yd 39.370079' 472.440945" 0.012 km 1,200 cm 12,000 mm 12,000,000 µm 12,000,000,000 nm
13 m 0.008078 mi 14.216973 yd 42.650919' 511.811024" 0.013 km 1,300 cm 13,000 mm 13,000,000 µm 13,000,000,000 nm
14 m 0.008699 mi 15.310586 yd 45.931759' 551.181102" 0.014 km 1,400 cm 14,000 mm 14,000,000 µm 14,000,000,000 nm
15 m 0.009321 mi 16.404199 yd 49.212598' 590.551181" 0.015 km 1,500 cm 15,000 mm 15,000,000 µm 15,000,000,000 nm
16 m 0.009942 mi 17.497813 yd 52.493438' 629.92126" 0.016 km 1,600 cm 16,000 mm 16,000,000 µm 16,000,000,000 nm
17 m 0.010563 mi 18.591426 yd 55.774278' 669.291339" 0.017 km 1,700 cm 17,000 mm 17,000,000 µm 17,000,000,000 nm
18 m 0.011185 mi 19.685039 yd 59.055118' 708.661417" 0.018 km 1,800 cm 18,000 mm 18,000,000 µm 18,000,000,000 nm
19 m 0.011806 mi 20.778653 yd 62.335958' 748.031496" 0.019 km 1,900 cm 19,000 mm 19,000,000 µm 19,000,000,000 nm
20 m 0.012427 mi 21.872266 yd 65.616798' 787.401575" 0.02 km 2,000 cm 20,000 mm 20,000,000 µm 20,000,000,000 nm

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## References

1. International Bureau of Weights and Measures, The International System of Units, 9th Edition, 2019, https://www.bipm.org/documents/20126/41483022/SI-Brochure-9-EN.pdf
2. National Institute of Standards & Technology, Unit Conversion, https://www.nist.gov/pml/owm/metric-si/unit-conversion

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