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[sen-ti-greyd] /ˈsɛn tɪˌgreɪd/
divided into 100 degrees, as a scale.
(initial capital letter) Celsius (def 2). Symbol: C.
Abbreviation: cent.
Origin of centigrade
From French, dating back to 1805-15; See origin at centi-, -grade Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for centigrade
Historical Examples
  • centigrade, or about one-third that of the probable temperature of the sun.

  • To begin with metals, uranium melts at 1150 centigrade, and tungsten at 3370 and iridium at 2350.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • The temperature behind the firewall had risen to two-forty centigrade.

    The Bramble Bush Gordon Randall Garrett
  • A temperature from 65° to 85° centigrade is maintained during the drying process.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • The centigrade scale is the one used by scientists everywhere.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • Express this temperature upon the centigrade and absolute scales.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • What is this temperature on the centigrade and absolute scales?

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • What is this temperature on the absolute and centigrade scales?

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • To convert Fahrenheit into centigrade subtract 32 and multiply by 0.555.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis James Campbell Todd
  • During this time the room should be kept to at least 22 centigrade.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
British Dictionary definitions for centigrade


a former name for Celsius
a unit of angle equal to one hundredth of a grade
Usage note
Although still used in meteorology, centigrade, when indicating the Celsius scale of temperature, is now usually avoided because of its possible confusion with the hundredth part of a grade
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for centigrade

1799, from French; see centi- "hundred" + Latin gradus "degree" (see grade).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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centigrade in Medicine

centigrade cen·ti·grade (sěn'tĭ-grād')

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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centigrade in Science
See Celsius.

Our Living Language  : Because of confusion over the prefix centi-, which originally meant 100 but developed the meaning 1/100 , scientists agreed to stop using the term centigrade in 1948. The term Celsius is now standard.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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centigrade in Culture

centigrade definition

The Celsius temperature scale.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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