centimetrenoun [ C ]UK US centimeter uk /ˈsen.tɪˌmiː.tər/ us /ˈsen.t̬əˌmiː.t̬ɚ/ written abbreviation cm
- The shelves are three centimetres thick.
- There is a ten centimetre gap between the table and the wall.
- I need the measurements for the curtains in centimetres.
Examples from literature
- It was not until Thursday night, however, that the Germans brought their famous forty-two- centimetre guns into action.
- Several species are common growing upon the bottom of ponds and slow streams, and range in size from a few centimetres to a metre or more in height.
- She had had in her body one wound of ten centimetres in size.
- The sterile branches grow to a height of forty to fifty centimetres, and from their bushy form the popular name of the plant, "horse-tail," is taken.
- They vary from a few centimetres to half a metre in height.