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## What is a Decimeter?

A decimeter is a unit of length that is equal to 1/10 of a meter. It is a common unit of measurement for distance in the metric system.

A decimetre or dekameter (American spelling: dekameter, symbol: dm) is a measure of length in the metric system, equal to one tenth of a metre (the International System of Units unit of length), ten centimetres (cm) or 3.937 inches.

A decimetre is part of a metric system. Other units in the metric system include the metre, centimetre, kilometre and millimetre. The metric system used to measure length, area, volume, weight and temperature.

The decimetre is a relatively small unit of length. It often used to measure the size of small objects such as coins, buttons and beads. It also used to measure the thickness of paper and the diameter of small pipes.

The decimetre is not a common unit of length in the United States. In the United States, the inch is the most common unit of length.

### What are the Units of Measurement?

There are three types of units of measurement:

- Length
- Weight
- Volume

### What are the Units of Length?

The metric system uses meters, centimeters, and millimeters as units of length.

### Conversion of Units

There are a number of conversion factors that are used in the petroleum industry. Some of the more common ones listed below.

1 barrel = 42 US gallons

barrel = 159 liters

1 barrel = 0.159 metric tons

barrel = 1.057 short tons

1 barrel = 0.568 long tons

### Conversion of Decimeter to Other Units

The SI derived unit for length is the meter. 1 meter equal to 100 centimeters.

- 1 decimeter = 0.1 meter
- inch = 2.54 centimeters
- 1 foot = 12 inches = 30.48 centimeters

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**Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Decimeter**

### What is a decimeter?

A decimeter is a unit of length in the metric system, equal to one-tenth of a meter or 10 centimeters.

### How long is one decimeter?

One decimeter measures 10 centimeters or approximately 3.94 inches.

### How is decimeter abbreviated?

Decimeter is abbreviated as dm.

### What is the relationship between decimeters and meters?

There are 10 decimeters in one meter. It means that 1 meter is equal to 10 decimeters.

### How can I convert decimeters to other units of length?

To convert decimeters to other units, you can use conversion factors. For example, to convert decimeters to centimeters, multiply the value by 10.

### What are some examples of objects measured in decimeters?

Examples of objects measured in decimeters include small household items like books, smartphones, or rulers.

### Is decimeter commonly used in everyday life?

While decimeters are not as commonly used as centimeters or meters, they can be practical for measuring smaller objects.

### Is decimeter used in scientific fields?

Yes, decimeters are used in various scientific fields, especially in experiments involving precise measurements.

### Can decimeters be used for measuring large distances?

Decimeters are more suitable for measuring shorter distances. For larger distances, meters or kilometers are commonly used.

### What is the symbol for decimeters?

The symbol for decimeters is dm.