decimeter

[des-uh-mee-ter]
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noun

a unit of length equal to 1/10 (0.1) meter. Abbreviation: dm

Also especially British, dec·i·me·tre.

Origin of decimeter

From the French word décimètre, dating back to 1800–10. See deci-, meter1
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Word Origin and History for decimeter
n.

1809, from deci- + meter (n.2).

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