
Length/Distance  Convert from centimeter to feet 
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All Length Conversions Metric Length Conversions Unit Definition (centimeter) The centimeter (or centimetre) was the basic unit of distance in the former CGS (centimeter, gram, second) version of the metric system, equal to 0.01 meter. The engineering standard uses every third power of ten, such as 10e3, 10e9, 10e12, etc., and for small numbers 10e3, 10e6, etc. The only exception is the centimeter. "Cent" means a hundredth, or 10e2, but the centimeter is still commonly used because it is such a convenient unit for measuring length. Unit Definition (feet) The human foot has long been a standard unit for the measurement of length. Over history this size has varied from region to region and there is some discrepancy as to an exact standard or origin of the standard measurement for feet that we use today. In England, the Roman foot was replaced after the fall of Rome by the natural foot. The modern foot (1/3 yard or about 30.48 centimeters) did not appear until after the Norman conquest of 1066. It may be an innovation of Henry I, who reigned from 1100 to 1135. Later in the 1100's a foot of modern length, the "foot of St. Paul's," was inscribed on the base of a column of St. Paul's Church in London.

