divided into 100 degrees, as a scale.
(initial capital letter) Celsius(def 2). Abbreviation: cent. Symbol: C

Origin of centigrade

From French, dating back to 1805–15; see origin at centi-, -grade
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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.

    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.


    Willis Eugene Tower

British Dictionary definitions for centigrade



a former name for Celsius


a unit of angle equal to one hundredth of a grade


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

centigrade in Medicine




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centigrade in Science



See Celsius.
Usage: Because of confusion over the prefix centi-, which originally meant 100 but developed the meaning 1100, scientists agreed to stop using the term centigrade in 1948. The term Celsius is now standard.
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centigrade in Culture


The Celsius temperature scale.

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