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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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Recent Examples on the Web These wearables can generate about one volt of energy for every square centimeter of skin space, which is less voltage per area than most existing batteries. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Just Figured Out How to Turn Your Body Into a Battery," 23 Feb. 2021 Lastly, the Radar Imager for Mars’ Subsurface Experiment (RIMFAX) is a radar that provides a centimeter-scale resolution of the geologic structure of the subsurface. Julia Musto, Fox News, "How NASA's Perseverance rover will land on Mars," 19 Feb. 2021 The samples Japanese space officials described Thursday are as big as 1 centimeter (0.4 inch) and rock hard, not breaking when picked up or poured into another container. Mari Yamaguchi, orlandosentinel.com, "Japanese spacecraft’s gifts: Asteroid chips like charcoal," 24 Dec. 2020 Putting these materials, which are only about 1 centimeter thick, inside freezers alongside the vaccine could allow health care workers and researchers to run the freezers less, or turn them off entirely, while still maintaining a cold temperature. Amanda Morris, The Arizona Republic, "Staying chill: How Arizona is preparing to store vaccines at freezing temps," 15 Dec. 2020 The bike was powered by a 145.5-cubic-centimeter, single-cylinder, two-stroke motor with a rotary valve design, which allowed a 2 percent oil mixture. Cory Graff, Popular Mechanics, "Let's Remember When French Paratroopers Once Used Bazooka Vespas in Combat," 30 Nov. 2020 And how to explain, if not as a divine miracle, the bullet missing his heart by a centimeter, and the 70-year-old recovering so rapidly? Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, National Review, "An Encounter Sabotaged," 17 Nov. 2020 The complex process used to make aerogel means it’s currently pricier than other forms of insulation on the market—$1 per cubic centimeter—though Grossman is optimistic that manufacturing techniques can bring costs down in the future. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why This New Technology Inspired by Camel Fur Is Super Cool," 11 Nov. 2020 But particles are escaping through small gaps where a Mylar flap, or lid, is being held open by at least a centimeter by large rocks. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "NASA successfully collected a sample from asteroid Bennu, but some of it is leaking into space," 23 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of centimeter

1794, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of centimeter was in 1794

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28 Feb 2021

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“Centimeter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centimeter. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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