In this article, we will learn about the units of measurement of capacity. Before going into the topic let us know what is meant by capacity. Capacity is the term where we use to store some amount of liquid in a container. You can learn about the measuring capacity units from here. With the help of the scale, we can measure the capacity of the liquid i.e, by placing the scale in a mug or cup. Usually, we see the scale in measuring the quantity of milk, water bottle.

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## Units of Measurement for Capacity | What are the Units of Capacity?

Units are used to measure the quantity of the item. We can measure the capacity of the liquids by mugs, cups, jars etc. Remember that the capacity depends on the amount of liquid you take. If you take a small amount of liquid we measure with a teaspoon or tablespoon. The units we take in US standard units are fluid ounces, pints, quarts, cups, and gallons. In the metric system, we measure by deciliters, milliliters, and liters.

### Units of Capacity Chart | Capacity Measurement Table

**US Standard Units of Measurement for Capacity:
**We use cups, pints, quarts, and gallons to measure the capacity of the liquid.

1 cup = 8 fluid ounces (fl oz) 1 pint (pt) = 2 cups 1 quart (qt) = 2 pints 1 gallon (gal) = 4 quarts |

**Metric Units for Capacity:
**In the metric system, we use milliliters, liters, deciliters, hectoliter, decaliter, kiloliter to measure the capacity of liquids.

1 milliliter (ml) = 0.001 liter 1 centiliter (cl) = 0.01 liter 1 deciliter (dl) = 0.1 liter 1 liter (l) = 1000 milliliters 1 hectoliter (hl) = 100 liters 1 decaliter (dal) = 10 liters 1 kiloliter (kl) = 1000 liters |

We use the above chart to convert from liters to milliliters or milliliters to liters.

1 liter = 1000 ml

1/2 liter = 500 ml

1/4 liter = 250 ml

These are the units of measurement of capacity in US Standard units and metric units.

### Measuring Capacity Examples

**Example 1.**

Convert 5000 milliliters into liters?

Solution:

1000 milliliters = 1 litres

5000 milliliters = 5 litres

**Example 2.**

Raju has 10 liters of water and he gave to 10 members by measuring each as 1 liter and convert them to milliliters?

**Solution:**

Given,

Raju has 10 liters of water and he gave to 10 members by measuring each as 1 liter.

1 litre = 1000 millilitres

10 litres = 10000 millilitres.

Thus he gave 1 liter to each member that means 1000 milliliters.

**Example 3.**

Convert 1 quart to cups?

**Solution:**

We know that,

1 quart = 2 pints

1 pint = 2 cups

2 pints = 2 × 2cups = 4 cups

Thus 1 quart = 4 cups

**Example 4.**

Convert 3008 milliliters into liters?

**Solution:
**We know that

1000 milliliters = 1 liter

3000 milliliters = 3 × 1 litre = 3 liters

Then 3008 milliliters = 3 liters 8 milliliters

**Example 5.**

Convert 4000 milliliters into liters?

**Solution:
**We know that

1000 milliliters = 1 litre

4000 milliliters = 4 × 1 litres = 4 liters

### FAQs on Units to Measure Capacity

**1. What are the units for measurement of capacity?**

The two main units for the measurement of capacity are liter and milliliter.

1 liter = 1000 milliliters

500 ml = 1/2 liter

250 ml = 1/4 liter

200 ml = 1/5 liter

100 ml = 1/10 liter

**2. What is basic unit capacity?**

The basic unit of volume or capacity is liter. The most commonly used units of measuring capacity is milliliters and liters.

**3. Which is the smallest unit to measure capacity?**

A fluid ounce is the smallest unit of measuring capacity and the gallon is the largest unit.