EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective divided into 100 degrees, as a scale. ( initial capital letter) Celsius. (def 2) : cent. Abbreviation : C Symbol Origin of centigrade
dating back to
see origin at
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Examples from the Web for centigrade Historical Examples of centigrade 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.
The temperature behind the firewall had risen to two-forty
A temperature from 65° to 85°
centigrade is maintained during the drying process.
centigrade scale is the one used by scientists everywhere. British Dictionary definitions for centigrade noun a unit of angle equal to one hundredth of a grade usage
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
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Word Origin and History for centigrade adj.
1799, from French; see
centi- "hundred" + Latin gradus "degree" (see grade).
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Usage: Because of confusion over the prefix centi-, which originally meant 100 but developed the meaning , scientists agreed to stop using the term 1 100 centigrade in 1948. The term Celsius is now standard.
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