customary system of measurement


Definition of Customary System of Measurement

  • The Customary System of Measurement is derived from the earlier English system of measurement.

More about Customary System of Measurement

  • In customary measurement system length, capacity, weight, and temperature are measured.
    Units for length: inches, feet, yards, and miles
    Units for capacity: cups, pints, quarts, and gallons
    Units for weight: ounces, pounds, and tons
    Units for temperature: degrees Fahrenheit

Examples of Customary System of Measurement

  • The customary unit that is used to measure the weight of a pack of potato chips is ounce.
  • The customary unit that is used to measure the quantity of water in a tank is gallon.

Solved Example on Customary System of Measurement

Which one of these is a reasonable customary unit to measure the height of a horse?
Choices:
A. centimeter
B. liter
C. foot
D. gram
Correct Answer: C
Solution:
Step 1: A foot is the customary unit used to measure the height of a horse.

Related Terms for Customary System of Measurement

  • Capacity
  • English System
  • Length
  • Measure
  • Temperature
  • Weight