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It's about three-fifths as long as a King Size Bed.
In other words, 47 inches is 0.58750 times the length of a King Size Bed, and the length of a King Size Bed is 1.7020 times that amount.
(North American/Australian standard; length; mattress only)
A King-Size mattress measures 80 inches from head to foot. Although most antique beds were smaller than modern beds, it was not uncommon for beds in the medieval Europe to reach 5 sq. m (49 sq. ft) for those in positions of wealth or power.
It's about one-and-four-fifths times as long as a Woman's Footstep.
In other words, the length of a Woman's Footstep is 0.560 times 47 inches.
(for healthy, middle-aged woman of average height; single step length)
According to studies by The University of Oklahoma's Health Sciences Center, the average length of a woman's step is 26 inches, for an average stride (two-step's length) of 52 inches. The average person walks at a speed of about 1.3 m/s
It's about half as tall as André the Giant.
In other words, 47 inches is 0.540 times the height of André the Giant, and the height of André the Giant is 1.90 times that amount.
(Andr( Ren( Ruossimoff) (1946-1993) (wrestler and actor; WWE kayfabe height)
Andr& the Giant, who had a pituitary syndrome called acromegaly, was 87 inches tall. Prior to 1973, Roussimoff was billed as having a height of 83 inches and his true height is the subject of some dispute.
It's about half as tall as Shaq.
In other words, 47 inches is 0.540 times the height of Shaq, and the height of Shaq is 1.90 times that amount.
(Shaquille O'Neal) (1972-) (professional basketball player, most famously of the Los Angeles Lakers)
Shaq is 87 inches tall. Shaq maintains an active interest in police work and has served as a reserve officer in both Los Angeles, California and Miami, Florida while playing for NBA franchises in those cities.
It's about half as tall as a Christmas Tree (artificial).
In other words, 47 inches is 0.520 times the height of a Christmas Tree (artificial), and the height of a Christmas Tree (artificial) is 1.90 times that amount.
(artificial; average height)
The most common height of an artificial Christmas Tree is 91 inches. According to the most recent USDA Census of Agriculture, a total of 1,389.59 sq. km (343,374 acres) of Christmas Trees were farmed in the US in 2007.

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It's about three times as tall as a Bowling Pin.
In other words, 47 inches is 3.130 times the height of a Bowling Pin, and the height of a Bowling Pin is 0.3190 times that amount.
(USBC specifications; tenpin)
According to the United States Bowling Congress specifications, a tenpin bowling pin should be within 0.0313 inches of 15 inches in height. The USBC further mandates that certified pins be made of sugar maple wood, unless otherwise approved by the organization.
It's about three-tenths as long as a Beetle (Volkswagen).
In other words, 47 inches is 0.29270 times the length of a Beetle (Volkswagen), and the length of a Beetle (Volkswagen) is 3.4160 times that amount.
(1964 model) (a.k.a. Volkswagen 1200, a.k.a. Käfer)
A 1964 Volkswagen Beetle measures 160.60 inches. As the longest continuously-produced automobile design — in production for 75 years between 1938 and 2003 — the Beetle was voted the most fourth-most influential car of the twentieth century by the Global Automotive Elections Foundation.