Centigrade
Centigrade Cen"ti*grade, a. [L. centum a hundred + gradus degree: cf. F. centigrade.] Consisting of a hundred degrees; graduated into a hundred divisions or equal parts. Specifically: Of or pertaining to the centigrade thermometer; as, 10[deg] centigrade (or 10[deg] C.). [1913 Webster]

{Centigrade thermometer}, a thermometer having the zero or 0 at the point indicating the freezing state of water, and the distance between that and the point indicating the boiling state of water divided into one hundred degrees. It is called also the {Celsius thermometer}, from Anders Celsius, the originator of this scale. [1913 Webster]


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  • centigrade — [ sɑ̃tigrad ] adj. et n. m. • 1811; de centi et grade ♦ Vieilli Divisé en cent degrés. Thermomètre centigrade. Degré centigrade, ou n. m. un centigrade : degré de l échelle centésimale. ● centigrade nom masculin Centième partie du grade, unité d… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • centigrade — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ of or denoting the Celsius scale of temperature, with a hundred degrees between the freezing and boiling points of water. USAGE On using centigrade or Celsius, see the note at CELSIUS(Cf. ↑Celsius). ORIGIN from Latin centum a… …   English terms dictionary

  • centigrade — 1812, coined from CENTI (Cf. centi ) hundred + L. gradus degree (see GRADE (Cf. grade)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • centigrade — see Celsius …   Modern English usage

  • centigrade — [sen′tə grād΄] adj. [Fr: see CENTI & GRADE] 1. consisting of or divided into 100 degrees 2. CELSIUS: the preferred term in English until the adoption of Celsius in 1948 by an international conference on weights and measures: abbrev. C …   English World dictionary

  • centigrade — [[t]se̱ntɪgreɪd[/t]] ADJ: usu n/num ADJ Centigrade is a scale for measuring temperature, in which water freezes at 0 degrees and boils at 100 degrees. It is represented by the symbol °C. ...daytime temperatures of up to forty degrees centigrade.… …   English dictionary

  • Centigrade — Thermometer scale in which the freezing point of water is 0°C and the boiling point of water at sea level is 100°C. The Centigrade scale is used around most of the world to indicate the temperature on a thermometer while the Fahrenheit scale is… …   Medical dictionary

  • centigrade — (san ti gra d ) adj. Divisé en cent degrés. Thermomètre centigrade, thermomètre dont l échelle au dessus de zéro est divisée en cent degrés. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Mot latin hypothétique centigradus, de centum, et gradus (voy. grade), degré. SUPPLÉMENT AU …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Centigrade — /ˈsɛntəgreɪd/ (say sentuhgrayd) noun 1. (lower case) a non SI unit of plane angle, equal to 0.01 of a grade (def. 4) or 10 4 of a right angle. –adjective 2. Obsolete Celsius: degree Centigrade; the Centigrade temperature scale. Symbol: C {French …   Australian English dictionary

  • centigrade — adjective Etymology: French, from Latin centi hundred + French grade Date: 1801 relating to, conforming to, or having a thermometric scale on which the interval between the freezing point of water and the boiling point of water is divided into… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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