Feet in a yard
There are 3 feet (ft) in 1 yard (yd). The feet to yard conversion factor is 0.3333. The yard to feet conversion factor is 3.
The international foot, the standardized version of this unit has been exactly defined as 0.3048 meters since 1959. This is based on the definition of a foot as ⅓ of a yard, which by international agreement is exactly equal to 0.9144 meters. Whenever someone uses "foot" without specifying which definition of the foot they are using, it usually means the international foot.
The foot has been used in many different systems throughout history including Chinese, Roman, French, Greek, and English systems, with varying definitions within each. Historically, parts of the human body were used as a basis for units of length; the foot is one such measure. This is because it was more practical then, due to the lack of standard measuring devices, to make measurements using the available tools. It makes sense then, that pacing out a distance, and using a measure of "feet," was a commonly used measure in the past.
The measurement of feet is mostly used in the US, Canada, and the UK for many everyday applications. For example, in the US, the height of a person is measured in feet and inches. Feet are also used for measuring altitude as well as elevation. The international foot corresponds to a shoe size of 14 (US male), 15.5 (US female), 46 (EU), and 13 (UK).
1 yard is a unit of length equal to exactly 0.9144 meters. This has been the definition of the yard by international agreement since 1959.
The exact origin of the yard is uncertain, but one suggestion is that it was a measure of the girth of a person's waist. This is based on the the name "yard" being derived from the Old English "gerd." The use of parts of the body as measurements was common in the past due to the lack of standard measuring devices.
The yard is still commonly used today in the US as well as in the UK. In the US, the yard is used to measure lengths such as the length of a football field or soccer field; in the UK, it is used to measure lengths such as that of a cricket pitch.
Feet to yards conversion
The following converter can convert from feet to yards or yards to feet. Just enter a value in either feet or yards to convert between the two.
How many feet in a yard
There are 3 feet in 1 yard.
How many yards are in a foot
There are 0.3333 yards in 1 foot.
Feet to yards conversion example
To convert between feet and yards use the relationship:
1 yd = 3 ft
To use this relationship to convert from feet to yards or yards to feet:
- Multiply a measurement in yards by 3 to convert to feet.
- Divide a measurement in feet by 3 to convert to yards.
1. Convert 159.9 ft to yd:
159.9 ft ÷ 3 = 53.3 yd
2. Convert 27 yd to ft:
27 × 3 = 81 ft
Feet to yards conversion table
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