deci·​me·​ter ˈde-sə-ˌmē-tər How to pronounce decimeter (audio)
: a unit of length equal to ¹/₁₀ meter see Metric System Table

Examples of decimeter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For instance, the kilogram was defined as the weight of a liter — one cubic decimeter — of water. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, 17 Dec. 2019

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Word History


French décimètre, from déci- deci- + mètre meter

First Known Use

1809, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of decimeter was in 1809

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Cite this Entry

“Decimeter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


deci·​me·​ter ˈdes-ə-ˌmēt-ər How to pronounce decimeter (audio)
: a unit of length equal to ⅒ meter see metric system

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British decimetre
: a metric unit of length equal to ¹/₁₀ meter
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