the metric system


: a system of weights and measures that is based on the meter and on the kilogram

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Recent Examples on the Web Also, keep in mind that New Zealand uses the metric system, so distances will be given in kilometers rather than miles (likewise, the weather is measured in degrees Celsius instead of Fahrenheit). Amy Louise Bailey, Travel + Leisure, 31 Oct. 2023 Turns out, Washington was keen on not using the metric system, much to the inconvenience of just about everyone. William Vaillancourt, Rolling Stone, 29 Oct. 2023 This two-pack offers clear measuring with a classic two-sided design, one side for inches the other side uses the metric system in centimeters. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, 23 Aug. 2023 Under the International System of Units, which is based on the metric system that the rest of the world uses, a pascal (Pa) is the standard unit of pressure; a pascal is the pressure that the force of one newton puts perpendicularly onto an area of one square meter. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 14 June 2023 Here are some quick conversions to bookmark or screenshot, including measurements of inches, feet, yards, miles and the metric system. USA TODAY, 8 May 2023 Choose your preferred units of measurement The United States may not have adopted the metric system, but the same can’t be said for the rest of the world. Amanda Ogle, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2023 See More

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“The metric system.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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