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Common Weights and Measures

(Encyclopedia)Common Weights and MeasuresLength1 millimeter = 1/1,000 meter1 centimeter = 1/100 meter1 decimeter = 1/10 meter1 meter (basic unit of length)1 dekameter = 10 meters1 kilometer = 1,000 meters1 inch = 1...

weights and measures

(Encyclopedia)weights and measures, units and standards for expressing the amount of some quantity, such as length, capacity, or weight; the science of measurement standards and methods is known as metrology. Crude...


(Encyclopedia)measures: see weights and measures.

Mendeleev, Dmitri Ivanovich

(Encyclopedia)Mendeleev, Dmitri Ivanovich mndl´f, Rus. dm´tr vä´nvch myndyly´f [key], 1834–1907, Russian chemist. He is famous for his formulation (1869) of the periodic law and t...


(Encyclopedia)table, article of furniture employed for household or ecclesiastical purposes. Elaborately decorated tables of wood or metal were known in ancient Egypt and Assyria, and the Greeks used small tables o...

troy weights

(Encyclopedia)troy weights: see English units of measurement.

avoirdupois weights

(Encyclopedia)avoirdupois weights vrdpoiz´ [key]: see English units of measurement. ...


(Encyclopedia)candela knd´l [key], in weights and measures: see candle.

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