International System

International System of Units

noun
an internationally accepted coherent system of physical units, derived from the MKSA (meter-kilogram-second-ampere) system, using the meter, kilogram, second, ampere, kelvin, mole, and candela as the basic units (SI units) respectively of the fundamental quantities of length, mass, time, electric current, temperature, amount of substance, and luminous intensity. Abbreviation: SI

Origin:
translation of the earlier French name Système Internationale d'Unités

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International System of Units n.
Abbr. SI
A complete, coherent system of units used for scientific work, in which the fundamental quantities are length, time, electric current, temperature, mass, luminous intensity, and amount of substance. Also called International System.

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International System  
The English name for Système International [d'Unites], a decimal system of units used mainly in scientific work, in which the basic quantities are length, mass, time, electric current, temperature, amount of matter, and luminous intensity. In addition, the International System uses two supplementary units to measure plane angles and solid angles. See Table at measurement.
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