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decimeter

[ des-uh-mee-ter ]
/ ˈdɛs əˌmi tər /

noun

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

Nearby words

decimal system, decimalize, decimals, decimate, decimation, decimeter, decimetre, decimus, decinormal, decipher, decision
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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British Dictionary definitions for decimetre

decimetre

US decimeter

/ (ˈdɛsɪˌmiːtə) /

noun

one tenth of a metreSymbol: dm
Derived Formsdecimetric (ˌdɛsɪˈmɛtrɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for decimetre

decimeter


n.

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

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