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one 100th of a meter, equivalent to 0.3937 inch.
Abbreviation: cm, cm.
Historical Examples

one hundredth of a metre

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

centimeter cen·ti·me·ter (sěn’tə-mē’tər)
Abbr. cm
A unit of length equal to one hundredth (10-2) of a meter.
A unit of length in the metric system equal to 0.01 meter. See Table at measurement.
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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