Pace (unit)

The step and double step are units of length, it has been like to walk in many nations, or - as the Anglo-American Yard - still are.


The step as a measure derived in Europe from Roman gradus from that measured 2 ½ pes, slightly more than 74 cm. In the German-speaking area of the step corresponded usually 71-75 centimeters. A precise definition no longer existed, since such measurements were derived in part from the foot size of the prevailing princes, and sometimes two, sometimes three feet corresponded. Within the Holy Roman Empire, so the German Empire, Principality of units were different to the principality.

Individual dimensions for the step

  • China: 1 Bu = 5 Feldmesserfuß = 1.5689 meters
  • Treviso: 1 Passo = 5 Piedi / foot = 2.0405275 meters
  • Dalmatia: 1 Passo = 5 Piedi / foot = 10 quarts = 1.73867 meters
  • Ragusa: 1 Passo = 4 Braccia = 2.0502 meters
  • Reval: 1 step = 3 feet ( Russian) = 0.91438 meters
  • Castile: Passo 1 = 1 2/3 = 1.393175 meters Varas
  • Cuba: 1 Paso = 1 2/3 = 1.42283 meters Varas

In Naples, two steps were

And Lisbon had the step

Double step

The Roman passus (double step ) was 2 gradi or just under 1 ½ m, 1000 passus resulted in the mile ( mille passus ). This double step ( ie a touchdown of one foot to the next placement of the same foot ) was and still is the basic size of the military step tempo. Today, for the (double ) step depending on the national use lengths between 80 and 160 cm usual, so the parade march in lockstep speed is slightly different at the same pace in each country.

In addition, there are some applications, be used in which officially meter based units, but many have a standard value based on the step of origin. To stand on roads the traffic signs / beacons " railroad crossing ahead" in 80, 160 or 240 meters away - actually at a distance 100, 200 or 300 paces, since the railroad was already present before the meter in Germany legal unit length was.

Today's track of most road vehicles and the railroad " standard gauge " based on the Roman double step. Roman roads with ruts is working (sometimes called track ) were used in part to modern times without fundamental changes.