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This derivation of the Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci, depicts nine historical units of measurement: the Yard, the Span, the Cubit, the Flemish Ell, the English Ell, the French Ell, the Fathom, the Hand , and the Foot. The Vitruvian man was drawn to scale, so the units depicted are displayed with their proper historical ratios.
This derivation of the Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci, depicts nine historical units of measurement: the Yard, the Span, the Cubit, the Flemish Ell, the English Ell, the French Ell, the Fathom, the Hand , and the Foot. The Vitruvian man was drawn to scale, so the units depicted are displayed with their proper historical ratios.

A yard (abbreviation: yd) is the name of a unit of length in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. Its size can vary from system to system. The most commonly used yard today is the international yard which by definition is equal to 0.9144 metre. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Leonardo da Vincis Vitruvian Man (1492). ... “Da Vinci” redirects here. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... This derivation of the Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci, depicts nine historical units of measurement: the Yard, the Span, the Cubit, the Flemish Ell, the English Ell, the French Ell, the Fathom, the Hand , and the Foot. ... An ell, when used as a unit of length, is usually 45 inches, i. ... A fathom is the name of a unit of length in the Imperial system (and the derived U.S. customary units). ... A hand (or handbreadth) is a unit of length measurement, usually based on the breadth of a male human hand and thus around 1 dm, i. ... This article is about a foot as a unit of length. ... Yard may mean: Yard, a unit of length. ... The former Weights and Measures office in Middlesex, England. ... For other uses of this word, see Length (disambiguation). ... English unit is the American name for a unit in one of a number of systems of units of measurement, some obsolete, and some still in use. ... This article is about post-1824 imperial units, see also English unit, U.S. customary units or Avoirdupois. ... U.S. customary units, also known in the United States as English units[1] (but see English unit) or standard units, are units of measurement that are currently used in the USA, in some cases alongside units from SI (the International System of Units — the modern metric system). ... This article is about the unit of length. ...


The yard is used as the standard unit of field length measurement in both the American, English and Canadian games of football (although Canada has officially adopted the metric system). Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Metrication or metrification refers to the introduction of the SI metric system as the international standard for physical measurements—a long-term series of independent and systematic conversions from the various separate local systems of weights and measures. ...


The yard is used on road signs and markers in the UK. Indeed, it is illegal to display length/speed in metres/kilometres on road signs in the UK, as this would cause confusion.


A corresponding unit of area is the square yard. This article is about the physical quantity. ... -1...


Yard is also a slang word, used particularly in currency trading, for one billion units of a currency, e.g., a yard of dollars is $1bn, thus a buyer of a billion dollars could say "I'm a buyer of a yard of dollars."[1]

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Equivalence to other units of length

1 yard =
SI units
0.91440 m 914.40 mm
US customary / Imperial units
3.0000 ft 36.000 in

1 international yard is equal to: “SI” redirects here. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... A millimetre (American spelling: millimeter, symbol mm) is an SI unit of length that is equal to one thousandth of a metre. ... U.S. customary units, also known in the United States as English units[1] (but see English unit) or standard units, are units of measurement that are currently used in the USA, in some cases alongside units from SI (the International System of Units — the modern metric system). ... The Imperial units are an irregularly standardized system of units that have been used in the United Kingdom and its former colonies, including the Commonwealth countries. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... An inch (plural: inches; symbol or abbreviation: in or, sometimes, ″ - a double prime) is the name of a unit of length in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ...

  • 0.5 fathom (1 fathom is equal to 2 yards)
  • 3 feet (1 foot is a third of a yard)
  • 36 inches
  • 0.9144 metre (1 metre is equal to about 1.0936 international yards)

The early yard was divided by the binary method into two, four, eight, and sixteen parts called the half-yard, span, finger, and nail. Two yards are a fathom. A fathom is the name of a unit of length in the Imperial system (and the derived U.S. customary units). ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... An inch (plural: inches; symbol or abbreviation: in or, sometimes, ″ - a double prime) is the name of a unit of length in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... A fathom is the name of a unit of length in the Imperial system (and the derived U.S. customary units). ...

Etalons on the wall of Royal Observatory Greenwich, London, Great Britain depicting length measures - 1 yard (3 feet), 2 feet, 1 foot, 6 inches (1/2 foot), and 1 inch.
Etalons on the wall of Royal Observatory Greenwich, London, Great Britain depicting length measures - 1 yard (3 feet), 2 feet, 1 foot, 6 inches (1/2 foot), and 1 inch.

Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixel, file size: 1. ... In optics, a Fabry-Perot interferometer or etalon is typically made of a transparent plate with two reflecting surfaces, or two parallel highly-reflecting mirrors. ... Royal Observatory, Greenwich The original site of the Royal Greenwich Observatory (RGO), which was built as a workplace for the Astronomer Royal, was on a hill in Greenwich Park in Greenwich, London, overlooking the River Thames. ... London — containing the City of London — is the capital of the United Kingdom and of England and a major world city. With over seven million inhabitants (Londoners) in Greater London area, it is amongst the most densely populated areas in Western Europe. ...

Historical origin

The yard derives its name from the word for a straight branch or rod, although the precise origin of the measure is not definitely known. Some believe it derived from the double cubit, or that it originated from cubic measure, others from its near equivalents, like the length of a stride or pace. One postulate was that the yard was derived from the girth of a person's waist, while another claim held that the measure was invented by Henry I of England as being the distance between the tip of his nose and the end of his thumb. These are believed to be more likely standardising events than a random invention of the measure.[citation needed] Weights and measures is a term used by legal authorities in English speaking countries such as the United Kingdom for a function related to units of measurement in trade. ... This derivation of the Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci, depicts nine historical units of measurement: the Yard, the Span, the Cubit, the Flemish Ell, the English Ell, the French Ell, the Fathom, the Hand , and the Foot. ... Girth is the circumference of a cylindrical object. ... Henry I (c. ...


In currency and financial market usage, "yard" derives from "milliard", a now rarely used term for 1,000,000,000. Milliard is a French-derived word meaning the number 1,000,000,000 (109; one thousand million; SI prefix giga). ...


References

  1. ^ Bloomberg.com: Financial Glossary

See also

English unit is the American name for a unit in one of a number of systems of units of measurement, some obsolete, and some still in use. ... This article is about post-1824 imperial units, see also English unit, U.S. customary units or Avoirdupois. ... A Guz is a unit of measurement of length used in the middle east. ... U.S. customary units, also known in the United States as English units[1] (but see English unit) or standard units, are units of measurement that are currently used in the USA, in some cases alongside units from SI (the International System of Units — the modern metric system). ... There are a number of Spanish and Portuguese units of measurement of length or area that are now obsolete. ...

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The yard derives its name from the word for a straight branch or rod, although the precise origin of the measure is not definitely known.
One postulate was that the yard was derived from the girth of a person's waist, while another claim held that the measure was invented by Henry I of England as being the distance between the tip of his nose and the end of his thumb.
In 1926 a yard or a century was slang for $100, then by 1932 it had progressed to be slang for $1,000.
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