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 still obstinately in use in the US. This anachronism requires conversion from Centigrade (°C) to Fahrenheit (°F), and vice versa. One degree °C = (5/9)(°F - 32). One degree °F = (9/5)(°C) + 32.
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1. Basis of the former temperature scale in which 100 degrees separated the melting and boiling points of water. See Celsius scale. 2. One hundredth of a circle, equal to 3.6° of the astronomical circle. [L. centum, one hundred, + gradus, step, degree]

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cen·ti·grade 'sent-ə-.grād, 'sänt- adj relating to, conforming to, or having a thermometer scale on which the interval between the freezing and boiling points of water is divided into 100 degrees with 0° representing the freezing point and 100° the boiling point <10° \centigrade> abbr. C compare CELSIUS

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cen·ti·grade (senґtĭ-grād) [centi- + L. gradus a step] consisting of or having 100 gradations (steps or degrees); see under scale.

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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 — 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 — ► 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 — (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 …  

  • 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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