# Definition:Metric System/Length/Decimetre

## Decimetre

The decimetre is a metric unit of length.

 $\ds$  $\ds 1$ decimetre $\ds$ $=$ $\ds 10$ centimetres $\ds$ $=$ $\ds 100$ millimetres $\ds$ $=$ $\ds 0 \cdotp 1$ metres

### Symbol

$\mathrm {dm}$

The symbol for the decimetre is $\mathrm {dm}$:

$\mathrm d$ for deci
$\mathrm m$ for metre.

Its $\LaTeX$ code is \mathrm {dm} .

## Linguistic Note

The spelling decimetre is the one adopted by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures. Decimeter is the variant used in standard American English.

See the linguistic note on metre.