Conversion formula

The conversion factor from meters to decimeters is 10, which means that 1 meter is equal to 10 decimeters:

1 m = 10 dm

To convert 42 meters into decimeters we have to multiply 42 by the conversion factor in order to get the length amount from meters to decimeters. We can also form a simple proportion to calculate the result:

1 m → 10 dm

42 m → L(dm)

Solve the above proportion to obtain the length L in decimeters:

L(dm) = 42 m × 10 dm

L(dm) = 420 dm

The final result is:

42 m → 420 dm

We conclude that 42 meters is equivalent to 420 decimeters:

42 meters = 420 decimeters

Alternative conversion

We can also convert by utilizing the inverse value of the conversion factor. In this case 1 decimeter is equal to 0.0023809523809524 × 42 meters.

Another way is saying that 42 meters is equal to 1 ÷ 0.0023809523809524 decimeters.

Approximate result

For practical purposes we can round our final result to an approximate numerical value. We can say that forty-two meters is approximately four hundred twenty decimeters:

42 m ≅ 420 dm

An alternative is also that one decimeter is approximately zero point zero zero two times forty-two meters.

Conversion table

meters to decimeters chart

For quick reference purposes, below is the conversion table you can use to convert from meters to decimeters

meters (m) decimeters (dm)
43 meters 430 decimeters
44 meters 440 decimeters
45 meters 450 decimeters
46 meters 460 decimeters
47 meters 470 decimeters
48 meters 480 decimeters
49 meters 490 decimeters
50 meters 500 decimeters
51 meters 510 decimeters
52 meters 520 decimeters