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# What is 5/8 of an inch on a ruler?

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Five-eighths inch on a ruler is a mark past 1/2 inch and before 1 inch. If the ruler divides the inches into eighths, 5/8 inch is the fifth mark on the ruler from the left side. If the ruler divides the inches into 16ths, it is the 10th mark.

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Count the number of marks between an inch mark and the next inch mark to determine whether the ruler marks 8ths or 16ths. Inches are generally marked with a number and a longer line. Half-inches, 1/4 inches, 1/8 inches and 1/16 inches are marked with increasingly shorter lines. One-half inch is midway between the left end of the ruler and the 1-inch mark. On a ruler dividing the inches into eighths, 5/8 inch is the next line. On a ruler dividing inches into 16ths, it is two lines from the half-inch mark.

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An inch equals 1/12 of a foot and 1/36 of a yard in the U.S. customary and imperial measurement systems. It also equals 25.4 millimeters, or 0.0254 meters.

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Most standard rulers are 30 centimeters long, which makes 1 centimeter equal to one-thirtieth of the length of a standard 12-inch, or 30-centimeter, ruler. The centimeter is a metric unit of measure that, according to Metric-Conversions, is equal to 0.3937 inches.

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To use a ruler, place it alongside or on top of the object or line that is to be measured and count the number of marks from edge to edge of the object. For those who are working with a metric ruler, the longer lines are denoted by a numerical value and represent centimeters, with ten smaller lines placed in between each centimeter, denoting a millimeter. For those who are working with English rulers, each of the longer lines indicate an inch, with eight smaller lines separating each inch to represent the length of 1/8th of an inch.