- 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 centimeters
The reenvisioned design will measure 24 centimeters in diameter and will retail for a cool $2,400.Lady Gaga To Collaborate With Versace; Chanel Hula Hoop Bag For Sale
The Fashion Beast Team
November 15, 2012
SMERSH estimated his height at “183 centimeters, weight 76 kilograms, slim build.”Literary Bond Superior to Movie Version
November 11, 2012
But Elite subsequently dismissed her, saying her hips were too big by two centimeters (3/4 of an inch).
Marchildon starved herself and exercised relentlessly to try to lose the required two centimeters, but to no avail.
By May, its bulb can grow as big as two centimeters, and turns pink and then a deep red as it matures.The Wonderful World of Ramps
April 26, 2011
He employed a cylinder 12 centimeters in diameter fitted with a piston.
The sides of the cubes diminish from ten centimeters to one centimeter.Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook
He was at least fifteen centimeters shorter than Stern himself, and much lighter.The Best Made Plans
Everett B. Cole
He cut in two a stick eighteen centimeters in diameter in eighteen minutes.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
The diameter of this coin is two centimeters, and its weight is five grams.
Word Origin and History for centimeters
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A unit of length equal to one hundredth (10-2) of a meter.
- A unit of length in the metric system equal to 0.01 meter. See Table at measurement.
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