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.

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The company’s digital copy mirrors the position of curbstones and driveways within centimeters, and textures like the grain of asphalt within millimeters. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "How Amazon Cloned a Neighborhood to Test Its Delivery Robots," 14 June 2019 That tissue is then taken to Vericel’s cell-processing lab in Cambridge, where the cells are cultured in flasks and then placed on a matchbook-size collagen membrane at a density of at least half-a-million cells per square centimeter. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "Fast-growing Vericel finds success on two fronts: knee surgery and burn care," 11 June 2019 First, there’s no helmet needed for motorcycles with engines of 50 cubic centimeter displacement or less, two horsepower or less and a top speed of 30 miles per hour. Dan Sweeney, sun-sentinel.com, "Why do drivers need to have seat belts on, but motorcycle riders don’t have to wear helmets? | You asked, we answer," 5 June 2019 The mesh boasts 1 billion artificial synapses per square centimeter, which is within a couple of orders of magnitude of the real thing. Quanta Magazine, "A Brain Built From Atomic Switches Can Learn," 20 Sep. 2017 Despite initially registering at 203 centimeters and reducing his height to 202.1 centimeters, Simon was still barred from continuing to play in the KBL, the Yonhap News Agency reported. Allyson Chiu, chicagotribune.com, "South Korean basketball league ousts foreign players for being too tall. Some attempt to shrink.," 12 Apr. 2018 Wang's rubber saTENG can produce around 10 to 20 microwatts per square centimeter of material, a fairly impressive feat. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "Rubbery Power Source Makes Electricity When It Bends," 17 June 2016 There were at least 20 centimeters of wood missing, which represents a lot of years. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Europe’s Oldest Known Tree Discovered in Italy," 29 May 2018 In these trackways, individual footprints are between 80 and 110 centimeters apart, but a normal human stride—based on the length of the footprint left behind—should measure only 60 centimeters or so. Sid Perkins, Science | AAAS, "Ancient human-sloth hunt hinted at in 15,000-year-old footprints," 25 Apr. 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 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 centimetre (audio) , ˈsänt-​ How to pronounce centimetre (audio) \

Medical Definition of centimeter

: a unit of length equal to ¹/₁₀₀ meter

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