# 38. Appendix A: PostGIS Functions¶

## 38.1. Constructors¶

**ST_MakePoint(Longitude, Latitude)**Returns a new point. Note the order of the coordinates (longitude then latitude).

**ST_GeomFromText(WellKnownText, srid)**Returns a new geometry from a standard WKT string and srid.

**ST_SetSRID(geometry, srid)**Updates the srid on a geometry. Returns the same geometry. This does not alter the coordinates of the geometry, it just updates the srid. This function is useful for conditioning geometries created without an srid.

**ST_Expand(geometry, Radius)**Returns a new geometry that is an expanded bounding box of the input geometry. This function is useful for creating envelopes for use in indexed searches.

## 38.2. Outputs¶

## 38.3. Measurements¶

**ST_Area(geometry)**Returns the area of the geometry in the units of the spatial reference system.

**ST_Length(geometry)**Returns the length of the geometry in the units of the spatial reference system.

**ST_Perimeter(geometry)**Returns the perimeter of the geometry in the units of the spatial reference system.

**ST_NumPoints(linestring)**Returns the number of vertices in a linestring.

**ST_NumRings(polygon)**Returns the number of rings in a polygon.

**ST_NumGeometries(geometry)**Returns the number of geometries in a geometry collection.

## 38.4. Relationships¶

**ST_Distance(geometry, geometry)**Returns the distance between two geometries in the units of the spatial reference system.

**ST_DWithin(geometry, geometry, radius)**Returns true if the geometries are within the radius distance of one another, otherwise false.

**ST_Intersects(geometry, geometry)**Returns true if the geometries are not disjoint, otherwise false.

**ST_Contains(geometry, geometry)**Returns true if the first geometry fully contains the second geometry, otherwise false.

**ST_Crosses(geometry, geometry)**Returns true if a line or polygon boundary crosses another line or polygon boundary, otherwise false.