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# What is a linear foot?

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A linear foot is the same measurement as a foot. The linear foot measures 12 inches in length. Linear is used to describe the total length of an item without regard to width or thickness.

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Simply measuring items by the standard 12 inch foot is the same measurement. Linear means a straight line, and indicates attention to the length dimension only. Lumber sold by the linear foot simply indicates the length of the boards placed end-to-end, no matter how wide or thick they are. Similarly, a bolt of cloth is sold by the linear foot, regardless of the width of the fabric.

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Square feet do not "contain" linear feet, but they are calculated using linear feet as units of measurement. Square feet are two-dimensional measurements, whereas linear feet are one dimensional. Because they do not measure the same things, it is not possible to convert from one to another.

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A linear foot, otherwise known as a lineal foot, is equivalent to any one-foot length of a long object, and there is no difference in length between one linear foot and one foot. Particular industries, such as construction and archiving, use the term linear foot to avoid confusion with the square foot or cubic foot.

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A foot is 12 inches, or one-third of a yard. The foot is one of the most common units for length in the imperial measurement system.