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A Meter is a unit of measurement of distance.

Description (Specifications)

A meter is a frequently used unit of distance. It is typically used to describe the dimensions of everyday objects such as vehicles and structures.

  • A meter is equivalent to one thousand (103) millimeters.
  • The common Imperial abbreviation is m.

MKS and CGS Units

The MKS system of units is a physical system of measurement based on the meter as the unit of length, the kilogram as the unit of mass, and the second as the unit of time. Smaller scale measurements may utilize the CGS system, based on the centimeter as the unit of length, the gram as the unit of mass, and the second as the unit of time. The system has broad applications within science, engineering and commerce.

Term Usage Example

A typical human stands between 1.5 and 1.8 meters tall.

History & Background (Dossier)

Technologists found the meter useful as the concept of the Technology Level and standardized ideas about sophont society development began to take form.[1]

Imperial & Solomani Term Usage

The meter was first defined as a unit of distance on Terra prior to the foundation of the Terran Confederation. It was calculated as one ten-millionth of the distance from the equator of Terra to the world's northern pole.

Modern Imperial usage bases the meter on the distance that light will travel in a vacuum over a period of one 30 millionth of a second, a concept adopted following the Solomani Rim War to avoid the use of specifically Terranocentric metrics.[2]

References & Contributors (Sources)

This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.

  1. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  2. An unpublished factoid written by Ade Stewart