The metre (or meter; US spelling) is the SI base unit of length and uses the symbol m.
Originally defined in 1793 as one ten-millionth of the distance from the equator to the North Pole but was redefined in 1799 in terms of a prototyped metre bar (this bar was changed again in 1889).
In 1983 the current definition was adopted and it is now the most common unit in any property in the world and is used in thousands of formulae to describe countless characteristics.
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The angstrom (or ångström) is a unit of length and is a non-SI but metric accepted unit with the symbol Å.
It is equal in length to one ten-billionth of a metre or 0.1 nanometres (0.1nm).
It is approximately the size of an atom and is mostly used to measure very small distances for example wavelengths of light.