# Meter to Fathom Converter

## Meter

*What is meter?*

**Meter** or **metre** is a metric measurement slightly longer than a yard. It is the base unit of length in the International System of Units (SI). Distance measures length. For example, the distance of a road is how long the road is.

Originally, the meter was defined as one ten-millionth of the distance from the equator to the North Pole in 1793.

Meter is used as a measure of distance across the globe, the primary exception being the United States, where the imperial system is used for most purposes.

How to convert meters to feet

1 meter is equal to 0.3.28084 feet:

1 m = (1/0.3048) ft = 3.28084 ft

To convert meter to other length unit, follow the upcoming table

kilometer (km) | 0.001 |

decimeter (dm) | 10 |

centimeter (cm) | 100 |

yard (yd) | 1.094 |

foot (ft) | 3.281 |

span | 4.374 |

hand | 9.843 |

inch(in) | 39.37 |

line | 472.4 |

mil | 39,370 |

## Fathom

*What is fathom?*

**Fathom** is an old English measure of length. It is standardized at 6 feet which nearly equals 1.83 metre.

Fathom was defined as the distance from the middle fingertip of one hand to the middle fingertip of the other hand of a large man holding his arms fully extended. The name comes from the Old English faedm or faethm, meaning outstretched arms.

Fathom is used mainly in water depth measurement.

One fathom is equal to:

- Either 1.8288 metres exactly (1 metre is about 0.5468 fathoms) or 1.828804 m exactly.
- 2 yards (1 yard is exactly 1/2 of a fathom)
- 6 feet (1 foot is exactly 1/6 of a fathom)
- 18 hands
- 72 inches