degree centigrade

(°C)
   an older name for the degree Celsius. The Celsius scale is called "centigrade" because it has 100 (centi-) gradations between the freezing point and boiling point of water. About 1850 scientists began calling the unit "degree Celsius" in honor of its (presumed) inventor.

Dictionary of units of measurement. 2015.

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  • degree centigrade — noun a degree on the centigrade scale of temperature • Syn: ↑degree Celsius, ↑C • Hypernyms: ↑degree • Hyponyms: ↑standard temperature …   Useful english dictionary

  • degree — de|gree W1S3 [dıˈgri:] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: degré, from Latin gradus step, grade ] 1.) written abbreviation deg. a unit for measuring temperature. It can be shown as a symbol after a number. For example, 70º means 70 degrees… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • degree Celsius — noun a degree on the centigrade scale of temperature • Syn: ↑degree centigrade, ↑C • Hypernyms: ↑degree • Hyponyms: ↑standard temperature * * * degree Celsius A derived SI unit, the unit of Celsius temperature (s …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 —    1. a temperature scale; see degree centigrade.    2. a French unit of angle measurement equal to 0.01 grad, 0.009°, 0.54 , or 32.4 …   Dictionary of units of measurement

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Centigrade thermometer — 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]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

  • degree — noun 1 measurement of angles VERB + DEGREE ▪ rotate, spin, turn ▪ I turned the wheel 90 degrees, PREPOSITION ▪ through … degrees ▪ …   Collocations 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

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