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What is s for length derived from?

  1. Oct 17, 2012 #1
    What is "s" for length derived from?

    I would like to ask what word is the letter "s" indicating length derived from? I can't seem to find it anywhere and I don't know if it is purely arbitrary label, or if it's from some actual word. Thank you very much.
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  3. Oct 17, 2012 #2


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    Re: What is "s" for length derived from?

    It might be from German "Streche, Strechung" or something like that.
  4. Oct 17, 2012 #3


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    Re: What is "s" for length derived from?

    "Strecke"="distance" or "line segment".

    The german Wikipedia indicates that the latin "spatium" (~"Path") might be the origin.
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