centimeter

noun
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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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 The tiny translucent strip of elastic polymer is only a little over a centimeter long, but its capable of moving forward, climbing a slope, squeezing through small cracks, and carrying ten times its weight. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "This Tiny, Soft Robot Was Inspired by A Caterpillar," 19 Aug. 2016 By directing radio-frequency heat one to three centimeters under the skin, this device claims to tighten and contour the arms, legs, abdomen, jaw line, and regions around the eyes. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 Each was implanted with a spring about a centimeter long, compressed inside a gelatin capsule that gradually dissolved to let loose the spring’s outward force. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Lab-created ‘miniguts’ grow larger when you load them with springs," 4 June 2018 The Interior Ministry released a sketch of a bearded man wearing a baseball cap, and described him as being in his early 40s, between 175 and 180 centimeters tall, of average build and with gray in his beard. Angela Dewan, Antonia Mortensen And Denis Lapin, CNN, "Russia, Ukraine blame each other for journalist killing," 30 May 2018 Most were precise; one was off by a centimeter or two. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "How Moroccan Rugs Are Made: Weaving With Women in the Atlas Mountains," 19 Nov. 2018 The Central Pacific Hurricane Center said in a statement Thursday that the depression would produce additional rainfall of 3 to 5 inches (8 to 13 centimeters) and isolated amounts of 6-8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) on higher terrain. Fox News, "The Latest: Olivia now a tropical depression, rain continues," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of centimeter

1794, in the meaning defined above

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centimeter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of centimeter

: a length equal to ¹/₁₀₀ meter

centimeter

noun
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

centimeter

noun
cen·​ti·​me·​ter
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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