centigrade

adjective
cen·​ti·​grade | \ ˈsen-tə-ˌgrād How to pronounce centigrade (audio) , ˈsän- How to pronounce centigrade (audio) \

Definition of centigrade

: 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

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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.

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Recent Examples on the Web Originally known as Cocona, it was rebranded in 2013 as 37.5 (for the ideal centigrade temperature of the human body), and the material helps with odor absorption and UV protection. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2021 This affordable pair by Canadian brand Kamik, which have been operating for over a century, is effortless to slip in and out of and has a comfort rating of -32 degrees centigrade. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, 26 Feb. 2021 Their only thermometer was in centigrade, so Klobuchar had to Google the conversion. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2020 In north Indian states such as Haryana and Punjab, crop yields will decline by 15-17% for every 2 degree centigrade increase in temperature. Rohit Inani, Quartz India, 12 Feb. 2020 That’s roughly the level that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says global emissions of carbon dioxide need to be reduced to keep global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees centigrade. oregonlive, 7 Oct. 2019 In Bordeaux, the mercury climbed above 40 degrees centigrade (104 Fahrenheit) twice in the past six weeks. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 29 July 2019 Seared by gases at hundreds of degrees centigrade and superheated volcanic materials that in time hardened into 60 feet of rock, the distorted, crumbling rolls were believed by most scholars to be the very definition of a lost cause. Henrik Knudsen, Smithsonian, 26 June 2018 Geologists had already shown that ocean temperatures rose by 10–15 degrees centigrade. Collin Eaton, Houston Chronicle, 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of centigrade

1799, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for centigrade

French, from Latin centi- hundred + French grade

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The first known use of centigrade was in 1799

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6 May 2021

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“Centigrade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centigrade. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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centigrade

adjective
cen·​ti·​grade | \ ˈsen-tə-ˌgrād How to pronounce centigrade (audio) \

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centigrade

adjective
cen·​ti·​grade | \ ˈsent-ə-ˌgrād How to pronounce centigrade (audio) , ˈsänt- How to pronounce centigrade (audio) \

Medical Definition of centigrade

: 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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