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centimeter

[sen-tuh-mee-ter] /ˈsɛn təˌmi tər/
noun
1.
one 100th of a meter, equivalent to 0.3937 inch.
Abbreviation: cm, cm.
Also, especially British, centimetre.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < French centimètre. See centi-, meter1
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British Dictionary definitions for centimetre

centimetre

/ˈsɛntɪˌmiːtə/
noun
1.
one hundredth of a metre
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Word Origin and History for centimetre

centimeter

n.

also centimetre, 1801, from French centimètre (18c.), coined from Latin centum "hundred" (see hundred) + French mètre (see meter (n.2)).

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centimetre in Medicine

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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centimetre in Science
centimeter
  (sěn'tə-mē'tər)   
A unit of length in the metric system equal to 0.01 meter. See Table at measurement.
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centimetre in Culture
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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