centimeter

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noun cen·ti·me·ter \ˈsen-tə-ˌmē-tər, ˈsän-\

Definition of centimeter

  1. :  a unit of length equal to 1100 meter — see metric system table

Did You Know?

In the metric system, which is used in most countries of the world, each basic unit of measure of length, area, or volume can be divided into centimeters. A meter consists of 100 centimeters, a square meter consists of 10,000 square centimeters, and a cubic meter consists of 1,000,000 cubic centimeters.

1794

First Known Use of centimeter

1794

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CENTIMETER Defined for English Language Learners

centimeter

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noun cen·ti·me·ter \ˈsen-tə-ˌmē-tər, ˈsän-\

Definition of centimeter for English Language Learners

  • : a length equal to 1/100 meter


CENTIMETER Defined for Kids

centimeter

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noun cen·ti·me·ter \ˈsen-tə-ˌmē-tər\

Definition of centimeter for Students

  1. :  a unit of length equal to 1100 meter


Medical Dictionary

centimeter

noun cen·ti·me·ter
variants: or chiefly British

centimetre

\ˈsent-ə-ˌmēt-ər, ˈsänt-\play play

Medical Definition of centimeter

  1. :  a unit of length equal to 1100 meter



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