Metric System: units of measurement using the decimal system (powers of 10).
Hawaiian Translation: Mekalika
The Metric (or Decimal) system is made of units based on powers of 10. To convert units, all you need to do is move the decimal point. The prefix (beginning part of the word- i.e. kilo or milli) describes the size of the given unit. For example, kilogram means 1000 (kilo) grams.
What makes the US standard systems different from the Metric system is the relationship between the units.
For more on the Metric system click the website below.
Check to see what the Maths Dictionary says by clicking on this link, then clicking on the M category, then clicking on the word "metric system".
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