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healthy living running and jogging# Why is a foot 12 inches long?

Last Updated: 27th April, 2020

**12 inches**, the length of the averageman's

**foot**. Yard: A yard was originally the length of aman's belt or girdle, as it was called. In the 12th century, KingHenry I of England fixed the yard as the distance from his nose tothe thumb of his out-stretched arm.

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Also, why does a foot have 12 inches?

The Sexagesimal system is used in counting time, and it**has 12** factors. Plus mathematically **12 has** morefactors and is easier to subdivide as compared to 10. The**12**-system of counting was adopted by many cultures includingthe Romans who introduced the idea of twelve **inches** in a**foot**.

Also, how did feet and inches start? **Inch**, unit of British Imperial and United StatesCustomary measure equal to ^{1}/_{36} of a yard.The unit derives from the Old English ince, or ynce, which in turncame from the Latin unit uncia, which was “one-twelfth”of a Roman **foot**, or pes. Since 1959 the **inch** has beendefined officially as 2.54 cm.

Accordingly, what was the length of a foot based on?

Around the time of the Roman Empire the terms inch,**foot**, and yard were refined. **What was the length of afoot based on**? Answer 2.The Romans measured the feet of theaverage person's **foot** and it turned out to be 12 inches. Theterm "inch" came from the Latin word uncio.

How was the length of a mile determined?

**Mile**, any of various units of distance, such asthe statute **mile** of 5,280 feet (1.609 km). It originatedfrom the Roman mille passus, or “thousand paces,” whichmeasured 5,000 Roman feet. About the year 1500 the “oldLondon” **mile** was defined as eightfurlongs.