Since there are 25.4 millimeters in one inch<1>, the length in millimeters is equal to inches times by 25.4. Thus, the formula to convert inches to millimeters is the length multiplied by 25.4.
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How Many Millimeters are in an Inch?
There are 25.4 millimeters in an inch, which is why we use this value in the formula above.
1″ = 25.4 mm
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Inches and millimeters are both units used to measure length. Keep reading to learn more about each unit of measure.
What is an Inch?
An inch is a unit of linear length measure equal to 1/12 of a foot or 1/36 of a yard. Because the international yard is legally defined to be equal to exactly 0.9144 meters, one inch is equal to 2.54 centimeters.
The inch is a US customary and imperial unit of length. Inches can be abbreviated as in; for example, 1 inch can be written as 1 in.
Inches can also be denoted using the ″ symbol, otherwise known as a double-prime. Often a double-quote (“) is used instead of a double-prime for convenience. A double-prime is commonly used to express 1 in as 1″.
The standard ruler has 12″, and is a common measuring tool for measuring inches. They are also often measured using tape measures, which commonly come in lengths from 6″ – 35″. Other types of measuring devices include scales, calipers, measuring wheels, micrometers, yardsticks, and even lasers.
What is a Millimeter?
One millimeter is equal to one-thousandth (1/1,000) of a meter, which is defined as the distance light travels in a vacuum in a 1/299,792,458 second time interval.
The millimeter, or millimetre, is a multiple of the meter, which is the SI base unit for length. In the metric system, “milli” is the prefix for 10-3. Millimeters can be abbreviated as mm; for example, 1 millimeter can be written as 1 mm.
Millimeters are often represented by the smallest ticks on most metric rulers. To get a reference point of the size, the thickness of a US dime is 1.35mm.<3>
We recommend using a ruler or tape measure for measuring length, which can be found at a local retailer or home center. Rulers are available in imperial, metric, or combination with both values, so make sure you get the correct type for your needs.
Need a ruler? Try our free downloadable and printable rulers, which include both imperial and metric measurements.
Inch to Millimeter Conversion Table
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