What Is a Meter Stick Used For?

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A meter stick is a large ruler used for measuring size or distance using the metric scale. The measurements provided on a meter stick are in centimeters (100 cm in a meter) and millimeters (1,000 mm in a meter). Some meter sticks also provide measurement increments in inches for comparison.

Meter sticks can be used to draw straight lines for art or drafting purposes. They are commonly found in science and math classrooms, where careful measurement of objects is required. A meter stick can be used to measure the depth of soil, the height of a flower or the width of a table.