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

Definition of centimeter 

: a unit of length equal to ¹/₁₀₀ meter — see Metric System Table

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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.

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The Central Pacific Hurricane Center said in a statement Thursday that the depression would produce additional rainfall of 3 to 5 inches (8 to 13 centimeters) and isolated amounts of 6-8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) on higher terrain. Fox News, "The Latest: Olivia now a tropical depression, rain continues," 13 Sep. 2018 And while non-white trim is allowed, that pop of color has to be on the neckline, sleeve cuff or outside seam of a pant, skirt, or shorts leg — and can only be under a centimeter wide. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Why Wimbledon Players Have to Wear All White," 2 July 2018 One langley is the amount of energy required over a square centimeter to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Tom: How much stronger is sunlight in June?," 27 June 2018 In other places, such as inside some more protected homes, the blanket of ash can range from a few inches (centimeters) to a foot or two. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Traces of life trapped beneath volcano’s ash," 13 June 2018 In other places, such as inside some more protected homes, the blanket of ash can range from a few inches (centimeters) to a foot or two. Rodrigo Abd, Fox News, "AP PHOTOS: Traces of life trapped beneath volcano's ash," 13 June 2018 Rain may fall at 1 inch an hour in many places with a widespread area getting 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) before the storm winds down Thursday. Bloomberg.com, "California Is About to Get Hit With More Mudslides," 20 Mar. 2018 Lotions, foams and sprays that prevent sunburn are tested at 2 milligrams per square centimeter of skin to determine the sun protection factor, or SPF. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "The Burning Question: How Much Sunscreen?," 29 June 2018 The white Sleepbuds weigh 1.4 grams and are the smallest product Bose has ever made, measuring just over 1 centimeter in both width and height. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Bose’s new $250 Sleepbuds play soothing sounds instead of music," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of centimeter

1794, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of centimeter

: a length equal to 1/100 meter


cen·​ti·​me·​ter | \ˈsen-tə-ˌmē-tər \

Kids Definition of centimeter

: a unit of length equal to ¹/₁₀₀ meter


variants: or chiefly British centimetre \ˈsent-​ə-​ˌmēt-​ər, ˈsänt-​ \

Medical Definition of centimeter 

: a unit of length equal to ¹/₁₀₀ meter

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