Definition of centigrade
- 10° centigrade
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'centigrade.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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.
First Known Use: 1799See Words from the same year
What made you want to look up centigrade? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
Confusing Words—A Quiz