of or relating to the system of units in which the centimeter, gram, and second are the principal units of length, mass, and time. Abbreviation: cgs
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Go for the Gold: The Strange History of Olympic Medals
At the first Olympic Games back in 776 BCE, competitors did not receive medals. Instead the top athletes were crowned with wreaths made of olive leaves. This tradition continued until Roman emperor Theodosius I (or perhaps his son) abolished the Olympics around the year 400 CE. The revival of the Olympics dates from the late 19th century, with the first modern Games taking place in …
Origin of centimeter-gram-second
First recorded in 1870–75
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