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Units of measurement

A list of the more interesting units of measurement you might encounter.

Gis forGallon

A U.S. standard gallon is 231 cubic inches or 3.7853 liters. A British imperial gallon is 277.42 cubic inches or 4.546 liters.
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Gis forGram

A gram is a small unit of weight. There are 1000 grams in a kilogram. The picture is of forty-three grams of jigsaw puzzle pieces. One puzzle piece would weigh about one gram.

His forHour

An hour is a time period of sixty (60) minutes. There are twenty four (24) hours in a day.

Iis forInch

An inch is 1/12th of a foot, or 2.54 centimeters.
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Mis forMile

A mile is 5280 feet, 1760 yards, or 1.609 kilometers.
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Pis forPint

A pint is a unit of measurement that can vary around the world, but is usually defined as 35 cubic inches or 0.473 liters.

Pis forPound

The word pound can have several meanings. It could mean to hit something hard, many times, for example "he pounded the meat to tenderize it". It could mean a unit of British money, equaling 100 pence. It might also mean a unit of weight, abbreviated to lb, equalling 0.453kg, or 0.373kg for precious metals. The picture is of a pound of flour.

Qis forQuart

A quart measures liquid. It is one quarter of a gallon, or 0.946 liters in the U.S. 1.136 liters in Great Britain.
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Sis forSecond

A second is a unit of time. There are 60 seconds in a minute. Second is also the number two place in a competition.
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Sis forSwig

A swig is the amount of drink that you can have in one swallow. The man in the picture is having a swig of beer.