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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n decimeter a metric unit of length equal to one tenth of a meter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Decimeter A measure of length in the metric system; one tenth of a meter, equal to 3.937 inches.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n decimeter In the metric system, a measure of length equal to the tenth part of a meter, or 3.937 inches. A square decimeter is equal to 15.5 square inches, and a decimeter cube, or liter, is 61 cubic inches, equal to 0.88 imperial quart or 1.056 United States (wine) quarts.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. décimètre,; pref. déci-, tenth (fr. L. decimus,) + mètre,. See Meter


In literature:

The great mass of the library consists of 2-decimeter books, the size numbers of which are omitted.
"A Classification and Subject Index for Cataloguing and Arranging the Books and Pamphlets of a Library [Dewey Decimal Classification]" by Melvil Dewey
A decimeter is one-tenth of that, namely, 3.937 inches; and a decameter 39.37, or ten times the meter, and so on.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
A sheet of paper, size 1 decimeter, seen at 5.70 meters, represents the same magnitude.
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
The leaves are often 5 meters long and 2 decimeters wide.
"Philippine Mats" by Hugo H. Miller
Colonies a meter in length, two or three decimeters in width, are sometimes seen!
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
They gird the body with belts interwoven from brass wire a decimeter or so in width.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898" by Various

In science:

In this way these hail stones get multiple chances to collect rain drops and smaller hail stones on their surface, allowing them to grow to sizes as large as decimeters.
Dust coagulation in protoplanetary disks: a rapid depletion of small grains
Minutes later, the OVSA (Owens Valley Solar Array) has detected the largest decimeter narrow band spikes ever observed (Gary, 2008).
Sub-terahertz, microwaves and high energy emissions during the December 6, 2006 flare, at 18:40 UT
SST observations were compared to decimeter to microwaves obtained by the Owens Valley Solar Array and to X- to γ -rays detected by RHESSI satellite.
Sub-terahertz, microwaves and high energy emissions during the December 6, 2006 flare, at 18:40 UT