Unit of length

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A thousandth of an inch is a derived unit of length in a system of units using inches. Equal to ​1⁄1000 of an inch, a thousandth is commonly called a thou /ˈθaʊ/ (used for both singular and plural) or particularly in North America a mil (plural mils).

The words are shortened forms of the English and Latin words for “thousand” (mille in Latin). In international engineering contexts, confusion can arise because mil is a formal unit name in North America but mil or mill is also a common colloquial clipped form of millimetre. The units are considerably different: a millimetre is approximately 39 mils.

The thou, or mil, is most commonly used in engineering and manufacturing in non-metric countries. For example, in specifying:

There are also compound units such as “mils per year” used to express corrosion rates.

A related measurement for area known as the circular mil, is based on a circle having a diameter of one mil.

In machining, where the thou is often treated as a basic unit, 0.0001 inches (2.54 micrometres) can be referred to as “one tenth”, meaning “one tenth of a thou” or “one ten thousandth”. (The metric comparison is discussed below.) Machining “to within a few tenths” is often considered very accurate, and at or near the extreme limit of tolerance capability in most contexts. Greater accuracy (tolerance ranges inside one tenth) apply in only a few contexts: in plug gauge and gauge block manufacturing or calibration, they are typically expressed in millionths of an inch or, alternatively, in micrometres; in nanotechnology, nanometres or picometres are used.

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