# How Big Is 3 Centimeters

Ever wondered just how big 3 centimeters really are? Let's dive into some measurements and compare what this length means in everyday terms.

## How long is 3 centimeters?

To give you an idea of how long 3 centimeters is, let's make some comparisons against other measurement units.

For example, in millimeters, 3 centimeters is 30 millimeters.

When we convert 3 centimeters to inches, it's approximately 1.18 inches long. That's slightly over an inch but smaller than 2 inches. This makes 3 centimeters smaller than a standard thumb.

If we think about converting cm to feet, 3 centimeters is just a tiny fraction of one. In fact, it's about 0.098 feet. So, if we're measuring something in feet, 3 centimeters would hardly even register.

Moving on to a larger unit, meter. Three centimeters is equivalent to 0.03 meters. That's just a tiny fraction of a meter, a unit we often use to measure longer distances.

Now, let's see how we can assume 3 centimeters on hand.

Take a look at the length of your thumb from the tip to the knuckle. **On average, the thumb's height at the knuckle is about 3 to 3.5 centimet**ers.

So, if you measure from the tip of your thumb to where it meets your hand, you'll get a rough idea of 3 centimeters.

## 3 Centimeter Long Objects

Now, take a look at some of the everyday things around us that we can use to see how big is 3 centimeters.

Here are some everyday objects that are approximately 3 centimeters long.

- A regular postage stamp
- Two aspirin tablets
- Half of our thumb length
- Length of a bullet
- Small paper clips
- An eraser
- Apple EarPods
- Half of a flash drive

### 1. A Regular Postage Stamp

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Postage stamps are the small piece of paper we use when sending letters or packages by mail. These stamps often have colorful pictures or symbols on them.

**The dimensions of a regular postage stamp are 2x3 centimeters (wide x height).**

That means the height of a postage stamp is 3 cm. So, it's a good example to understand how long is 3 centimeters.

### 2. Two Aspirin Tablets

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Aspirin tablets are small pills we often take for headaches or pains. **They typically measure around 1.40 centimeters in diameter, which is roughly the size of a small coin.**

When you put two tables together, their combined length is about 2.8 cm. That's almost 3 centimeters.

So, 3 centimeters is roughly double the size of an aspirin tablet. Though it's not precisely three centimeters, it's pretty close to you, and it's a good idea of the size.

### 3. Half of our Thumb Length

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Have you ever looked at your thumb and wondered how long it is? Well, here's something interesting.

As we mentioned before, the height of the thumb at the knuckle is typically around 3 centimeters. Of course, it can vary among individuals, but on average, that's the measurement.

Usually, **the length of half of our thumb, either after or before the knuckle, is 3 cm**. That's how you can measure 3 cm when you don't have a ruler.

With this, you will never be stuck without a measuring tape. They might get left at home and forgotten about, but your hand won't.

### 4. Length of A 9mm Bullet

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Bullets are small metal shots fired from guns. These come in various shapes and sizes**. The standard size of a 9mm bullet is typically around 1.1 inches in length.**

This means that the size would be approximately 2.8 cm in centimeters. The size of a bullet might not seem like much.

While bullets might not be everyday objects, we usually think about them. But it's quite an interesting example to visualize the size of 3 cm.

### 5. Length of Small Paper Clips

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Another example of a 3 cm long object can be a small-sized paper clip.

Like the size of the bullet, **the standard size for S-size paper clips is 2.8 centimeters (1.1 inches) in length.**

Paper clips are handy office supplies used for holding papers together. They come in various sizes, but small paper clips, often used for organizing documents, are the most common ones.

### 6. An Eraser

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Erasers (or rubbers) are one of the most common things for every student. They are handy tools used to remove pencil marks from paper.

We see Erasers in various shapes and sizes, but a common type of eraser is small size. **They are typically around 3 centimeters long.**

### 7. Apple EarPods

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Another typical example is your EarPods, which you can use as a 3-centimeter reference.

For example, Apple EarPods. They are the most popular earphones by Apple Inc., known for their design and comfortable fit.

**The standard sizes of 3rd Generations EarPods are approximately 3.07 x 1.8 x 1.9 centimeters (1.21 x 0.72 x 0.76 inches).**

So, the height of these EarPods is nearly 3 cm. This example is slightly larger than three centimeters but it is such an insignificant amount that you'll probably miss it.

### 8. Half Of a Flash Drive

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Flash drives, or as we say, USB drives or thumb drives, come in various shapes and sizes. We use them as portable storage devices for transferring or storing digital files.

**A standard flash drive is typically around 7 centimeters long.** So, the half of it would be approximately 3cm long, 3.5 centimeters to be exact.

## Outro

We've explored various examples to understand the size of 3 centimeters. These everyday objects provide pretty good references for visualizing this measurement. Explore around, and you might get some more like these.

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