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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n centimetre a metric unit of length equal to one hundredth of a meter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is a certain species of kangaroo that is only 2.5 centimetres long when it is born
    • n Centimetre The hundredth part of a meter; a measure of length equal to rather more than thirty-nine hundredths (0.3937) of an inch. See Meter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Centimetre sen′ti-mē-tr a lineal measure, the hundredth part of a metre—0.3937 inches.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. centimètre,; centi-,L. centum,) + mètre,. See Meter
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. centum, a hundred, metrum, Gr. metron, a measure.


In literature:

Emulsify it with a few cubic centimetres of distilled water in a watch-glass, by gently moving the spatula to and fro in the water.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
In the centre of each cube there was a cavity 27 centimetres long by 12 wide and 35 deep.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
Too large samples must not be taken, samples of 10 to 8 centimetres, by 3 or 4 of thickness, are sufficient.
"Movement of the International Literary Exchanges, between France and North America from January 1845 to May, 1846" by Various
However this may be, the nests which are properly finished have the form of a purse, twenty centimetres high and twelve broad.
"The Industries of Animals" by Frédéric Houssay
As he described it, "une de ces marmites a 28-centimetres" had exploded a little distance from him.
"The Note-Book of an Attache" by Eric Fisher Wood
The effect upon weight was more striking than upon height, as the average failure in height was one centimetre.
"New Worlds For Old" by Herbert George Wells
This paving was effected by means of square stones fifteen centimetres long and fifteen to eighteen thick.
"Paris from the Earliest Period to the Present Day; Volume 1" by William Walton
Specimens from Iowa show fructifications several centimetres long and wide.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
At last the nail was fully a centimetre long, and made holes in all his gloves.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
The radius of the potassium or chlorine ion with its envelope of water appears to be about 1.2 X 10^-8 centimetres.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 8" by Various
In the gases the centimetre and second are taken as fundamental units, in other cases the centimetre and day.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 4" by Various
It necessitates several cubic centimetres of the liquid under examination.
"The Mechanism of Life" by Stéphane Leduc
C. has a volume of one cubic centimetre.
"The Methods of Glass Blowing and of Working Silica in the Oxy-Gas Flame" by W. A. Shenstone
The entire scale of wave-lengths extends from 10^6 to 10^{-9} centimetres.
"The Nature of Animal Light" by E. Newton Harvey
At Vaux they had not left twenty centimetres of a certain garden unexplored.
"Six Women and the Invasion" by Gabrielle Yerta
For steel it is about 2.04 X 10^12 dynes per square centimetre, or about 13,000 tons per sq.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 2" by Various
In fresh country cream 100 millions per cubic centimetre are not unusual.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various
Length about eight french inches and a half (0.23 centimetres).
"Extinct Birds" by Walter Rothschild
The doses injected range from 1 to 3 cubic centimetres.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 2" by Various
The Pike I examined was a large specimen of about 58 centimetres in length, and with an apparent kidney of about 25-1/2 centimetres.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour

In poetry:

Over these hills I pass,
hills the colour of oats,
crossed with faint tracks
that only I know,
scorched centimetres,
pale perspectives.
"The Insect" by Pablo Neruda

In news:

The days of pregnant women having an eight-centimetre-long hollow needle jabbed into their abdomens may be numbered.
Per square centimetre, human skin has as many hair follicles as that of other great apes .
The city expects it will cost $3 million to clear residential streets following the weekend storm, which dumped 20 centimetres of snow across most of southern Manitoba.
Eventually, a doctor pulled a 5-centimetre feather out of her neck.
The centimetre-long fossils were "reconstructed" using a technique that involves grinding each specimen down, layer by layer, and photographing each stage.
Grouse had lineups Tuesday as an eager crowd awaited their first run after nearly 30 centimetres of snow fell last weekend.
Normally wet, Venice overflowed after rain and wind led to a flood of at least 150 centimetres on Sunday, Nov 11, 2012.

In science:

Recent tests on the prototype reveal that this system can work down to a zenith angle of 60◦, while maintaining the position of the FPA to within a few centimetres, adequate for the focus design we propose (Sec. 1.3).
The Large Adaptive Reflector concept
This procedure constructs the metadata required for continuum imaging at centimetre wavelengths.
Data storage, processing and visualisation for the ATCA
The test proved the capability of going from the centimetre scale of the electronic tracker to the micrometric resolution of nuclear emulsions .
Atmospheric neutrino and Long Baseline neutrino experiments
Such modeling efforts have found they need grains up to millimetre- or even centimetre- in size (e.g.
Silicon carbide absorption features: dust formation in the outflows of extreme carbon stars
This implies a track measurement with lengths ranging from a few millimetres to a few centimetres.
Development of a front end ASIC for Dark Matter directional detection with MIMAC
Subnanosecond resolution would have the resolution to down to centimetres in a total channel length that could be kilometres.
Secure Quantum Communication and Superluminal Signalling on the Bell Channel
Faint Images of the Radio Sky at 21 centimetres (FIRST) survey (Becker et al. 1995).
Cosmological Measurements with Forthcoming Radio Continuum Surveys
The e-MERLIN Legacy Pro ject “PEBBLES” is aimed at studying the centimetre emission from pebble sized dust grains to show where and when planet-core growth is proceeding, and to identify accreting protoplanets.
Very High Angular Resolution Science with the Square Kilometre Array
Borel (1914) showed long ago that even the gravitational effect resulting from shifting a small rock at the distance of Sirius by a few centimetres would completely change the microscopic state of a gas in a vessel here on earth within seconds after the retarded field has arrived (see also Chap. 3).
Decoherence: Basic Concepts and Their Interpretation
Whatever the nature of the grains, the fits do not satisfy the χ2 criterion (℘ > 10% if χ2 < 9.24), but micronic to centimetric amorphous grains better reproduce the shape of the SED continuum than crystalline grains (Figure 9).
On the HR 4796A circumstellar disk
We begin with the startling fact, following basically from Newton’s law of gravitation, that if all matter (and radiation) on earth were to be squeezed into an ordinary marble of a couple of centimetres in diameter, the gravitational field of this marble would be so strong as to render it invisible (or ‘black’).
Black hole entropy: classical and quantum aspects
The success of centimetre-wave interferometry, demonstrated by facilities such as the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT), led to the development of millimetre interferometers in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Millimetre Science with the Upgraded Australia Telescope
In Table 12 we list all of the known DLAs and sub-DLAs which are ∼ 0.1 Jy at centimetre waveilluminated by background sources of > lengths and have molecular transitions which could be detected in the GBT K-band.
Molecular fraction limits in damped Lyman-alpha absorption systems
The discharge vessel length was 12 centimetres.
A study of magnetically-supported dc discharge in cylindrical and inverted cyclindrical configuration
Prior to the CGPS the best synoptic view of the radio continuum emission at centimetre wavelengths in the outer Galaxy was provided by a series of surveys done by the Effelsberg 100-m telescope at 9-arcmin resolution.
A sharper view of the outer Galaxy at 1420 and 408 MHz from the Canadian Galactic Plane Survey II: The catalogue of extended radio sources