centimeter

[sen-tuh-mee-ter]
noun
one 100th of a meter, equivalent to 0.3937 inch. Abbreviation: cm, cm.
Also, especially British, centimetre.


Origin:
1795–1805; < French centimètre. See centi-, meter1

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centimetre or (US) centimeter (ˈsɛntɪˌmiːtə)
 
n
one hundredth of a metre
 
centimeter or (US) centimeter
 
n

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centimeter
1801, from Fr., coined from L. centum "hundred" (see hundred) + Fr. metre.
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centimeter cen·ti·me·ter (sěn'tə-mē'tər)
n.
Abbr. cm
A unit of length equal to one hundredth (10-2) of a meter.

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centimeter   (sěn'tə-mē'tər)  Pronunciation Key 
A unit of length in the metric system equal to 0.01 meter. See Table at measurement.
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centimeter [(sen-tuh-mee-tuhr)]

A unit of length in the metric system; one-hundredth of a meter, or about two-fifths of an inch.

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Example sentences
Self examination alerted me to a two centimeter sized lump two months ago.
But it is tiny, being the size of a credit card and about a centimeter thick.
Each segment in the scale bar at the bottom represents one centimeter.
By calculating the travel time, the distance to the moon from the laser site
  can be determined to within a centimeter.
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