- 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 centimetre
Henle found they can travel one centimetre in three minutes.Essays In Pastoral Medicine
This consists of a glass box about a centimetre in thickness.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
The diameter of a chemical atom is of the order of 10−7 centimetre.
Metre and centimetre changed to mètre and centimètre for consistency; all other accentuation unchanged.
“A metre of green is greener than a centimetre of green,” said Gauguin; and this principle he applied to all his work.Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning
Willard Huntington Wright
- one hundredth of a metre
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Word Origin and History for centimetre
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- 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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