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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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 The snakes ranged from 6 inches to 2 feet (15 to 61 centimeters) in length. Fox News, "Police: 100s of snakes, mice in sexual abuse suspect's home," 3 June 2018 Cracks on Highway 130 widened from 7 to 8 centimeters over the day and additional cracks were found west of the highway. Stephanie Elam, CNN, "Hawaii volcano eruption leaves residents wondering about fate of homes," 8 May 2018 Finally, engineers process lidar data into three-dimensional renderings of the road with the centimeter-level accuracy needed for a car to confidently drive itself. Bradley Berman, Popular Mechanics, "Whoever Owns the Maps Owns the Future of Self-Driving Cars," 1 July 2016 Carter found a one-centimeter defect in the joint and performed microfracture surgery to repair it. Malika Andrews, chicagotribune.com, "A career-threatening surgery: The rise and fall of microfracture in the NBA," 6 July 2018 The costume person started secretly taking [Miller’s] clothes in a centimeter a day! Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "John Leguizamo Apologizes for 'Hurtful Remarks' About Carlito's Way Crew Hating Penelope Ann Miller," 19 June 2018 American customers will buy it again for the 2019 model year The Super Cub is a throwback to the Honda 50, a reference the size of its small engine in cubic centimeters, which has since gotten more powerful over the years. David Pan, USA TODAY, "Honda Super Cub motorcycle, most popular vehicle ever, returns to the U.S.," 8 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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