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The Metric Time System - The Metric Time System
Mon, February 16 2004 | 2:41AM | PermaLink Feedback?
Metric Time (MT) is an attempt to create a decimalized time system for our modern base-10 using world. This is a neglected part of the Metric System (or SI) which has created a whole measuring system based on 10 for mass, distance, volume, etc., but no official decimalized time units for normal day-to-day use.
Name Definition
deciday (dd) = 1/10 day (Metric hour)
centiday (cd) = 1/100 day
milliday (md) = 1/1000 day (Metric minute)
microday (µd) = 1/1000000 day (Metric decisecond)

Since any system for measuring time is arbitrary, we should be using one that is most practical for us. I think that system is Metric Time.Although a tenth of a day is a convenient unit for scheduling purposes, it is a rather arbitrary one as the base unit for naming purposes. The most natural base unit is a day. Therefore I propose that the base Metric Time unit be called a day in English and that it be equal to one mean solar day. This should, however, be considered a temporary name for the present purpose of explaining decimilized time in English. Users of other languages should replace it with their word for day, such as Tag, día, jour, יוֹם, or 日.


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