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centigrade

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adjective cen·ti·grade \ˈsen-tə-ˌgrād, ˈsän-\

Definition of centigrade

  1. :  relating to, conforming to, or having a thermometric scale on which the interval between the freezing point of water and the boiling point of water is divided into 100 degrees with 0° representing the freezing point and 100° the boiling point <10° centigrade> —abbreviation C — compare celsius



Did You Know?

The centigrade scale is essentially identical to the Celsius scale, the standard scale by which temperature is measured in most of the world. Anders Celsius of Sweden first devised the centigrade scale in the early 18th century. But in his version, 100° marked the freezing point of water, and 0° its boiling point. Later users found it less confusing to reverse these two. To convert Fahrenheit degrees to centigrade, subtract 32 and multiply by 5/9. To convert centigrade to Fahrenheit, multiply by 9/5 and add 32.

Origin and Etymology of centigrade

French, from Latin centi- hundred + French grade


First Known Use: 1801


CENTIGRADE Defined for Kids

centigrade

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adjective cen·ti·grade \ˈsen-tə-ˌgrād\

Definition of centigrade for Students

  1. :  celsius




Medical Dictionary

centigrade

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adjective cen·ti·grade \ˈsent-ə-ˌgrād, ˈsänt-\

Medical Definition of centigrade

  1. :  relating to, conforming to, or having a thermometer scale on which the interval between the freezing and boiling points of water is divided into 100 degrees with 0° representing the freezing point and 100° the boiling point <10° centigrade>—abbreviation C; compare celsius





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