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[sen-ti-greyd] /ˈsɛn tɪˌgreɪd/
divided into 100 degrees, as a scale.
(initial capital letter) Celsius (def 1). Symbol: C.
Abbreviation: cent.
Origin of centigrade
1805-15; < French; see centi-, -grade Unabridged
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Examples from the web for centigrade
  • Temperatures in the region routinely sink below zero degrees centigrade.
  • The temperature for that stroll was minus-38 centigrade.
  • Legionella becomes capable of causing disease only when it grows at high temperatures, above twenty degrees centigrade.
  • Scientists have known for many years that you can cool liquid water well below zero degrees centigrade without it freezing.
  • In your home oven, you might be able to raise the temperature by about two hundred or two hundred fifty degrees centigrade.
British Dictionary definitions for centigrade


a former name for Celsius
a unit of angle equal to one hundredth of a grade
Usage note
Although still used in meteorology, centigrade, when indicating the Celsius scale of temperature, is now usually avoided because of its possible confusion with the hundredth part of a grade
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Word Origin and History for centigrade

1799, from French; see centi- "hundred" + Latin gradus "degree" (see grade).

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centigrade in Medicine

centigrade cen·ti·grade (sěn'tĭ-grād')

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centigrade in Science
See Celsius.

Our Living Language  : Because of confusion over the prefix centi-, which originally meant 100 but developed the meaning 1/100 , scientists agreed to stop using the term centigrade in 1948. The term Celsius is now standard.
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centigrade in Culture

centigrade definition

The Celsius temperature scale.

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