cen·​ti·​me·​ter | \ ˈsen-tə-ˌmē-tər How to pronounce centimeter (audio) , ˈsän- How to pronounce centimeter (audio) \

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.

Examples of centimeter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The player’s caddie fishes a centimeter-measurer from the golf bag, the player measures six centimeters and moves his radioactive golf ball the permissible distance. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 19 May 2022 That the bullet came within a centimeter of his heart. CBS News, 30 Apr. 2022 In the study, the team describes the possible oldest life on Earth as a tree-like structure roughly a centimeter across. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 21 Apr. 2022 Blue Duck launched a pilot scooter program featuring centimeter-level GPS tracking with Dublin City University in 2020, billing itself as the first scooter company on the Emerald Isle. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Nov. 2021 After taking a few snaps of my current setup with my phone, I was given measurements for my saddle and handlebars (all of which have clear centimeter markings on them), as well as the overall frame geometry. Tom Vanderbilt, Outside Online, 14 Mar. 2020 Because the reef is protected, the team obtained permission to take small samples -- just a centimeter -- of the corals and sea sponge used by the dolphins. Katie Hunt, CNN, 19 May 2022 Cast iron, one of the densest household items, is just 7.15 grams per cubic centimeter. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 25 Apr. 2022 At least 33 cities are falling by more than one centimeter per year, five times the rate of sea-level rise, based on recent estimates of global sea-level rise. Camille Squires, Quartz, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of centimeter

1794, in the meaning defined above

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“Centimeter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centimeter. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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cen·​ti·​me·​ter | \ ˈsen-tə-ˌmē-tər How to pronounce centimeter (audio) \

Kids Definition of centimeter

: a unit of length equal to ¹/₁₀₀ meter


variants: or chiefly British centimetre \ ˈsent-​ə-​ˌmēt-​ər How to pronounce centimeter (audio) , ˈsänt-​ How to pronounce centimeter (audio) \

Medical Definition of centimeter

: a unit of length equal to ¹/₁₀₀ meter

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