one 100th of a meter, equivalent to 0.3937 inch. Abbreviation: cm, cm.
Also especially British, cen·ti·me·tre.
Origin of centimeter
From the French
dating back to 1795–1805.
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British Dictionary definitions for centimetre
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Word Origin and History for centimetre
also centimetre, 1801, from French centimètre (18c.), coined from Latin centum "hundred" (see hundred) + French mètre (see meter (n.2)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Medicine definitions for centimetre
A unit of length equal to one hundredth (10-2) of a meter.
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Science definitions for centimetre
A unit of length in the metric system equal to 0.01 meter. See Table at measurement.
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Culture definitions for centimetre
A unit of length in the metric system; one-hundredth of a meter, or about two-fifths of an inch.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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