Browse Definitions :
Definition

millimeter (mm, millimetre)

Contributor(s): Matthew Haughn

A millimeter (abbreviated as mm and sometimes spelled as millimetre) is a small unit of displacement (length/distance) in the metric system. The metric system, sometimes considered synonymous with the International System of Units (SI), is used throughout the world in the sciences and is the standard of measurement for science engineering,technology and Mathematics (STEM).

The word meter is Greek for measure. Millimeters are used to measure very small but visible-scale distances and lengths. In terms of real-world comparisons, a millimeter is roughly the size of the wire used in a standard paper clip. The metric system is based on decimals: There are 10mm in a centimeter and 1000mm in a meter. The base of the Greek-rooted words indicates that they are hundredths (centi) and thousandths (milli) of meters.

Some fractions of meters:

  • A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter.
  • A micrometer is one-millionth of a meter.
  • A millimeter is one-thousandth of a meter.
  • A centimeter is one-hundredth of a meter.
  • A decimeter is one-tenth of a meter.

Watch a video about reading metric rulers:

This was last updated in January 2017

Continue Reading About millimeter (mm, millimetre)

Join the conversation

1 comment

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

Should the United States adopt the metric system of measurement?
Cancel

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

Powered by:

SearchCompliance

  • risk management

    Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing and controlling threats to an organization's capital and earnings.

  • compliance as a service (CaaS)

    Compliance as a Service (CaaS) is a cloud service service level agreement (SLA) that specified how a managed service provider (...

  • data protection impact assessment (DPIA)

    A data protection impact assessment (DPIA) is a process designed to help organizations determine how data processing systems, ...

SearchSecurity

  • identity provider

    An identity provider is a system component that is able to provide an end user or internet-connected device with a single set of ...

  • firewall

    A firewall is software or firmware that enforces a set of rules about what data packets will be allowed to enter or leave a ...

  • encryption

    Encryption is the method by which information is converted into secret code that hides the information's true meaning. The ...

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

  • disaster recovery team

    A disaster recovery team is a group of individuals focused on planning, implementing, maintaining, auditing and testing an ...

  • cloud insurance

    Cloud insurance is any type of financial or data protection obtained by a cloud service provider. 

SearchStorage

Close