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How big is 5 millimeters?

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A length of 5 millimeters is equivalent to 0.1969 inches, or slightly less than 1/5 of an inch. A millimeter is a unit equal to 1/1000 of a meter, so 5 millimeters make up 1/200 of a meter.

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The word ���millimeter��� is derived from a similar French word ���millim��tre.��� ���Milli��� means ���thousand��� and refers to a unit that is 1/1000 of a ���meter,��� the metric system's base unit for length. A meter is equivalent to 3.28 feet.

Ten millimeters make up 1 centimeter, or 1/100 of a meter, so 5 millimeters equal 1/2 a centimeter. The British spelling of ���millimeter��� is ���millimetre.���

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