Category: Customary units of measurement

Cubic fathom
A cubic fathom or intaken piled fathom (IPF) was a measure of volume used for the shipment of pit props. A fathom was six feet and so this was equivalent to 216 cubic feet.
Quarter (unit)
The quarter (lit. "one-fourth") was used as the name of several distinct English units based on ¼ sizes of some base unit. The "quarter of London" mentioned by Magna Carta as the national standard mea
Rehoboam (unit)
Rehoboam (French name: réhoboam) was a UK bottle size for wine and champagne. Also refer Wine bottle sizes.
Sack (unit)
The sack (abbreviation: sck.) was an English unit of weight or mass used for coal and wool. It has also been used for other commodities by weight, commodities by volume, and for both weight and volume
Tun (unit)
The tun (Old English: tunne, Latin: tunellus, Medieval Latin: tunna) is an English unit of liquid volume (not weight), used for measuring wine, oil or honey. Typically a large vat or vessel, most ofte
Seam (unit)
A seam is an obsolete unit of volume or mass in the United Kingdom The Oxford English Dictionary includes definitions of a seam as: * 6–8 imperial pecks (55–73 L) of sand * 9 imperial pecks (82 L) o
The uqiyyah (Arabic: أُوقِيَّة), sometimes spelled awqiyyah, is the name for a historical unit of weight that varies between regions, as listed below. 1 uqiyyah= 40 dirham. 1 dirham= 0.7 dinar. It cor
A vergée (French pronunciation: ​[vɛʁʒe], alternative spellings vergie, vrégie) is a unit of land area, a quarter of the old French arpent. The term derives from Latin virga (rod). Compare French verg
Hvat (Serbian: Хват) is a historical unit of length that was common in Croatia and Serbia analogous to fathom. The measurement system based on the hvat is called hvatski sistem (literally "hvat system
Truss (unit)
A truss is a tight bundle of hay or straw. It would usually be cuboid, for storage or shipping, and would either be harvested into such bundles or cut from a large rick.
The jerib or djerib (Persian: جریب; Turkish: cerip) is a traditional unit of land measurement in the Middle East and southwestern Asia. It is a unit of area used to measure land holdings (real propert
Scruple (unit)
The scruple (℈) is a small unit in the apothecaries' system, derived from the old Roman scrupulum (lit. 'small pebble') unit (scrupulus/scrupulum).
Avoirdupois system
The avoirdupois system (/ˌævərdəˈpɔɪz, ˌævwɑːrdjuːˈpwɑː/; abbreviated avdp.) is a measurement system of weights that uses pounds and ounces as units. It was first commonly used in the 13th century AD
Myanmar units of measurement
The traditional Burmese units of measurement were a system of measurement used in Myanmar (also known as Burma). According to the 2010 CIA Factbook, Myanmar is one of three countries that have not ado
Tical (unit)
The tical is a unit of mass (or weight in the colloquial sense) historically used in Mainland Southeast Asia, particularly in the predecessor states of Myanmar, where it is known as the kyat (kyattha)
X unit
The x unit (symbol xu) is a unit of length approximately equal to 0.1 pm (10−13 m). It is used to quote the wavelength of X-rays and gamma rays. Originally defined by the Swedish physicist Manne Siegb
A ratl (رطل ) is a medieval Middle Eastern unit of measurement found in several historic recipes. The term was used to measure both liquid and weight (around a pound and a pint in 10th century Baghdad
Load (unit)
The load, also known as a fodder, fother, and charrus (Latin: carrus, lit. "cartload"), is a historic English unit of weight or mass of various amounts, depending on the era, the substance being measu
Puncheon (unit)
The puncheon was a British unit for beer, wines and spirits. It was also an American unit of capacity for wine.
Octave (unit)
Octave is a British unit of volume used for measuring whisky. It is approximately 16 gallons.
Mongolian units
Mongolian units are the traditional units of measurement of the Mongolian people.
Sa (Islamic measure)
The Sāʿ (Arabic: ص‍َاعًا and صَ‍ۡع in spelling, and sa'e in the Latin alphabet, literally: "one") is an ancient measurement of volume from the Islamic world, with cultural and religious significance.
Stauf (measuring unit)
The German word Stauf was used in the Middle Ages up to the beginning of the modern times to indicate a measure of capacity for liquids, which adhered to variable volumes in diverse regions and differ
Anker (unit)
An Anker (usually anglicized as Anchor) was a Dutch unit of capacity for wine or brandy equal to 10 US gallons that was used as a standard liquid measurement. It was most commonly used in Colonial tim
Stone (unit)
The stone or stone weight (abbreviation: st.) is an English and imperial unit of mass equal to 14 pounds (6.35 kg). The stone continues in customary use in the United Kingdom for body weight. England
English Engineering Units
Some fields of engineering in the United States use a system of measurement of physical quantities known as the English Engineering Units. Despite its name, the system is based on United States custom
Hong Kong units of measurement
Hong Kong has three main systems of units of measurement in current use: * The Chinese units of measurement of the Qing Empire (no longer in widespread use in mainland China); * British Imperial uni
Keel (unit)
Keel was a unit used to measure coal in the northeast of England, being the quantity of coal carried by a keelboat on the Tyne and Wear rivers. In 1750 it was said to be equal to 8 Newcastle chaldrons
English units
English units are the units of measurement used in England up to 1826 (when they were replaced by Imperial units), which evolved as a combination of the Anglo-Saxon and Roman systems of units. Various
Kvadratni hvat
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Barrel of land
A barrel of land (Danish: tønde land, Norwegian: tønneland, Swedish: tunnland, Finnish: tynnyrinala) is a Scandinavian unit of area. The word may originate from the area of fields one could seed with
Mesh (scale)
Mesh is a measurement of particle size often used in determining the particle-size distribution of a granular material. For example, a sample from a truckload of peanuts may be placed atop a mesh with
Unit of measurement
A unit of measurement is a definite magnitude of a quantity, defined and adopted by convention or by law, that is used as a standard for measurement of the same kind of quantity. Any other quantity of
Nepalese customary units of measurement
In Nepal, some customary units of measurement are still used, although the metric system has been the official standard since 1968.
Sarpler, Sarplier or (in Scotland) Serplathe was a UK weight for wool.
Korean units of measurement
Korean units of measurement, called cheokgwan-beop (척관법; 尺貫法) or cheokgeun-beop (척근법; 尺斤法) in Korean, is the traditional system of measurement used by the people of the Korean peninsula. It is largely
A verst (Russian: верста, versta) is an obsolete Russian unit of length defined as 500 sazhen. This makes a verst equal to 1.0668 kilometres (3,500 feet).
Lambda (unit)
Lambda (written λ, in lowercase) is a non-SI unit of volume equal to 10−9 m3, 1 cubic millimetre (mm3) or 1 microlitre (μL). Introduced by the BIPM in 1880, the lambda has been used in chemistry and i
Stack (unit)
Stack was a US unit of volume for stacked firewood. Symbol for the unit was stk.
The quintal or centner is a historical unit of mass in many countries which is usually defined as 100 base units, such as pounds or kilograms. It is a traditional unit of weight in France, Portugal, a
Imperial units
The imperial system of units, imperial system or imperial units (also known as British Imperial or Exchequer Standards of 1826) is the system of units first defined in the British Weights and Measures
Firkin (unit)
A firkin is a unit of volume or mass used in several situations. Its etymology is likely to be from the Middle English ferdekyn, probably from the Middle Dutch diminutive of vierde 'fourth' (a firkin
Danish units of measurement
The Danes started with a system of units based on a Greek pous ("foot") of 308.4 millimetres (1.012 ft) which they picked up through trade in the late Bronze Age/early Iron Age. Some early standards o
Spanish customary units
There are a number of Spanish units of measurement of length or area that are virtually obsolete due to metrication. They include the vara, the cordel, the league and the labour. The units of area use
Thai units of measurement
Thailand adopted the metric system on 17 December 1923. However, old Thai units are still in common use, especially for measurements of land. Before metrication, the traditional system of measurement
Kubni hvat
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Tub (unit)
Tub was a unit of capacity or of weight used in Britain and elsewhere.
Lea (unit)
The lea or lay was a British unit of length. The Oxford English Dictionary describes it as a measure "of varying quantity". It cites quotations from within various areas of the textile industry, which
Vietnamese units of measurement
Vietnamese units of measurement (Vietnamese: hệ đo lường Việt Nam) are the largely decimal units of measurement traditionally used in Vietnam until metrication. The base unit of length is the thước (c
Pinch (unit)
A pinch is a small, indefinite amount of a substance, typically a powder like salt, sugar, spice, or snuff. It is the "amount that can be taken between the thumb and forefinger". Some manufacturers of
Flask (unit)
Flask is a British unit of mass or weight in the avoirdupois system, used to measure mercury. It is defined as 76 pounds (34 kg). Near room temperature, a flask of mercury occupies a volume of approxi
Skein (unit)
A skein is a unit of length which has been used in the UK.As a measuring unit of cotton yarn or of silk, a skein equates to a "rap" or a "lea". One skein is equivalent to 360 feet (109.73 m).
Četvorni hvat
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Chinese units of measurement
Chinese units of measurement, known in Chinese as the shìzhì ("market system"), are the traditional units of measurement of the Han Chinese. Although Chinese numerals have been decimal (base-10) since
Bag (unit)
Bags have been used as standard measures for a variety of commodities which were actually supplied in bags or sacks. These include: * Cement is commonly sold in bags of 94 pounds weight, because this
Imperial and US customary measurement systems
The imperial and US customary measurement systems are both derived from an earlier English system of measurement which in turn can be traced back to Ancient Roman units of measurement, and Carolingian
Standard (timber unit)
A standard or standard hundred was a measure of timber used in trade. The standard varied in number, size and composition from country to country so the term is usually proceeded by the region or port
Whey (unit)
Whey is a unit of weight for butter and cheese.
Deal (unit)
Deal was an archaic UK and US unit of volume used to measure wood. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, a deal originally referred to a wooden board between 12 and 14 feet long that was traded a
Yoke (unit of measurement)
A yoke was a unit of land measurement used in Kent in England at the time of the Domesday Book for tax purposes. It was equal to a quarter of a sulung. A sulung was the amount of land which could be p
Tierce (unit)
The tierce (also terse) is both an archaic volume unit of measure of goods and the name of the cask of that size. The most common definitions are either one-third of a pipe or forty-two gallons. In th
The zhang (Chinese: 丈) is a customary Chinese unit of length equal to 10 chi (Chinese feet). Its value varied over time and place with different values of the chi, although it was occasionally standar
Qafiz (Arabic: قفيز) is a traditional Arabian unit of measure for several quantities including volume, weight and area which took several different values depending on the time and region. The oldest
Japanese units of measurement
Traditional Japanese units of measurement or the shakkanhō (尺貫法, "shaku–kan system") is the traditional system of measurement used by the people of the Japanese archipelago. It is largely based on the