# Centimeter to Millimeter Converter

## Centimeter

All of us use rulers everyday. Rulers are digitized in centimeters, but what is the centimeter?

**Centimeter** is a metric unit which is used mostly to measure small distances. Centimeter can be abbreviated as “CM.” One inch consists of 2.54 centimeters.

There is a french origion for the word “centimeter”. It came from 2 Latin words, “centum” and ” mètre”.

## Millimeter

*What is meter?*

In 1793, The distance from the equator to the North Pole was measured and divided by 10 million. The result of the previous process was called as a meter.

Nowadays, meter or metre is the base unit of length in the International System of Units (SI).

**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.

Meter is used as a measure of distance across the globe. Distance expresses the length. For example, the distance of a road is how long the road is.

However most of countries use meter to measure length, US is the primary exception which is using imperial system.

*What is millimeter?*

Millimeter is a tiny unit of measurement of length in the metric system. A thousand millimeters form 1 meter.

If you want to understand millimeter more, look at a ruler that includes centimeters. Millimeters are expressed as the smallest units marked on the ruler.