- one 100th of a meter, equivalent to 0.3937 inch. Abbreviation: cm, cm.
Also especially British, cen·ti·me·tre.
Origin of centimeter
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Examples from the Web for centimeter
The daughter had also been exposed and was comatose before she and her mother each received A 250 cubic centimeter transfusion.Infected Ebola Doctor Kent Brantly Is an Endangered Hero
August 3, 2014
True, this wasn't an outpost set up by Israeli settlers to prevent a centimeter of retreat from the Whole Land.Bibi Grows a Backbone
January 14, 2013
This time he followed it as it changed to the five centimeter band.The End of Time
The sides of the cubes diminish from ten centimeters to one centimeter.Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook
The measures commonly used are the centimeter, meter and kilometer.Physics
Willis Eugene Tower
I will take as a unit the one-hundred-thousandth of a centimeter.
A centimeter is 0.4 of an inch; it is a rather small half an inch.
Word Origin and History for centimeter
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A unit of length equal to one hundredth (10-2) of a meter.
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- A unit of length in the metric system equal to 0.01 meter. See Table at measurement.
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