[ sen-ti-greyd ]
/ ˈsɛn tɪˌgreɪd /
divided into 100 degrees, as a scale.
(initial capital letter) Celsius(def 2). Abbreviation: cent. Symbol: C
Origin of centigrade
dating back to 1805–15;
see origin at centi-
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Examples from the Web for centigrade
Centigrade, or about one-third that of the probable temperature of the sun.
A centigrade thermometer, sunk two and a half inches in the earth, at noon, marked 56.
On the centigrade thermometer there are one hundred degrees between the freezing point and the boiling point.
All I did was wait until the temperature got above three fifty-seven Centigrade—above the boiling point of mercury.
British Dictionary definitions for centigrade
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
Medicine definitions for centigrade
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Science definitions for centigrade
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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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Culture definitions for centigrade
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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