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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n decimetre a metric unit of length equal to one tenth of a meter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Decimetre A measure of length in the metric system; one tenth of a meter, equal to 3.937 inches.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Decimetre des′i-mē-tėr a measure of length equal to 1⁄10 metre.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. décimètre,; pref. déci-, tenth (fr. L. decimus,) + mètre,. See Meter


In literature:

I open a reed-stump about two decimetres long by twelve millimetres in diameter.
"Bramble-bees and Others" by J. Henri Fabre
The length of the index is about one decimetre.
"The Eruption of Vesuvius in 1872" by Luigi Palmieri
In 1827 the size of the sheet which was the basis of the charge was fixed at 25 square decimetres.
"The Development of Rates of Postage" by A. D. Smith
The litre is equal to a cubic decimetre.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 5" by Various
The first rod is a metre long, and the last a decimetre.
"The Montessori Method" by Maria Montessori
C., and a current density of one ampere per square decimetre is used.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 6" by Various

In science:

But both above mentioned instruments are rather in the decimetric frequency range now.
The multifrequency Siberian Radioheliograph
Over the region covered by our data the diffuse polarized sky bears little resemblance to the total-intensity sky. A similar remark has been made about virtually every polarization survey undertaken at decimetre wavelengths throughout the history of the subject.
A Survey of the Polarized Emission from the Galactic Plane at 1420 MHz with Arcminute Angular Resolution
As noted in the introduction, radio telescopes at decimetre wavelengths are often more sensitive to the Faraday rotation produced by ionized gas than to its total-intensity emission.
A Survey of the Polarized Emission from the Galactic Plane at 1420 MHz with Arcminute Angular Resolution
Decimetric Radio Telescope; W = Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope; J = Jodrell Bank 250ft Telescope; E = Effelsberg 100m telescope; B = Green Bank 140ft Telescope. 2 Not given in the literature, and estimated from assuming a 10% flux error. 3 Not given in the literature, and estimated from 0.5*channel resolution.
New Reference Galaxy Standards for HI Emission Observations