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

  • In the "Children's House" days they had the long stair rods which contain the meter and its decimeter subdivisions.

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    Maria Montessori

  • Five of them placed in a row will, of course, give the length of the decimeter; and two of them will weigh a decagram.

  • We may estimate it at 1/3 or 1/4 of an ohm for polar surfaces one decimeter square, separated by a distance of five centimeters.

  • They gird the body with belts interwoven from brass wire a decimeter or so in width.

Word Origin and History for decimeter


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

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