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centimeter (sĕnˈtĭmēˌtər), abbr. cm, unit of length equal to 0.01 meter, the basic unit of length in the metric system. The centimeter is the unit of length in the cgs system. It is approximately equal to 0.39 inch, or 1 inch equals about 2.54 centimeters. See weights and measures.
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A unit of length equal to 0.01 meter. Abbreviated cm.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
In the metric system, a measure of length equal to a hundredth part of a meter, or 0.3937+ in.; abbreviated cm; an inch equals 2.54 cm.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
one hundredth of a metre
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
centimeterA unit of measurement that is 1/100th of a meter or approximately 4/10ths of an inch (0.39 inch).
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