Definition of centimeter
: a unit of length equal to 1⁄100 meter — see metric system table
Recent Examples of centimeter from the Web
The species, dubbed Hyalinobatrachium yaku, is just two centimeters long and sports markings similar to other glass frogs in the region.
That may not sound very close, but if the Earth and the sun were separated by 1 meter, the probe would be 4 centimeters from the sun, Fox said.
Having its own system is expected to reduce location errors in Japan to a few centimeters (inches) from as much as 10 meters (30 feet) by some estimates.
The same ground can be re-scanned again in, say, a month or two, to detect changes in the surface level and shape within an accuracy of a few centimeters.
The resolution on these maps has since increased from a cubic centimeter to a cubic millimeter: a thousandfold improvement.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'centimeter'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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.
First Known Use of centimeter
CENTIMETER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of centimeter for English Language Learners
: a length equal to 1/100 meter
CENTIMETER Defined for Kids
Definition of centimeter for Students
: a unit of length equal to 1⁄100 meter
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up centimeter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).