centimeter

[ sen-tuh-mee-ter ]

noun
  1. one 100th of a meter, equivalent to 0.3937 inch. Abbreviations: cm, cm.

Origin of centimeter

1
From the French word centimètre, dating back to 1795–1805. See centi-, meter1
  • Also especially British, cen·ti·me·tre .

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Scientific definitions for centimeter

centimeter

[ sĕntə-mē′tər ]


  1. A unit of length in the metric system equal to 0.01 meter. See Table at measurement.

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Cultural definitions for centimeter

centimeter

[ (sen-tuh-mee-tuhr) ]


A unit of length in the metric system; one-hundredth of a meter, or about two-fifths of an inch.

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