Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Celsius. See Table at measurement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having 100 divisions between two fixed points.
  • adj. Celsius.
  • n. A centigrade temperature scale having the freezing point of water defined as 0° and its boiling point defined as 100° at standard atmospheric pressure. Now known as the Celsius scale.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of a hundred degrees; graduated into a hundred divisions or equal parts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting of a hundred degrees; graduated into a hundred divisions or equal parts: often placed after the noun which it qualifies, like troy, avoirdupois, etc.
  • Pertaining to the scale which is divided into a hundred degrees: as, a centigrade degree. Its abbreviation is C.: as, 35° C.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to a temperature scale on which the freezing point of water is 0 degrees and the boiling point of water is 100 degrees

Etymologies

French : centi-, centi- + grade, degree (from Italian grado, rank, degree, from Latin gradus, step; see ghredh- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • But I believe the French have, of late, given the preference to what they call the centigrade scale, in which the space between the freezing and the boiling point is divided into 100 degrees.

    Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2 In Which the Elements of that Science Are Familiarly Explained and Illustrated by Experiments

  • Months ago, I asked you why you would not post your temperatures alternatively in centigrade as well as fahrenheit out of respect for the fact that your weather site is in a country using that temperature measurement scale and you responded that your readers would find such measurements confusing and incomprehensible and, therefore, you would never do so.

    Renting in Ajijic

  • And since then, we actually have a temperature increase during the winter months of about 4.5 degrees centigrade, which is a very large temperature increase.

    CNN Transcript Dec 20, 2009

  • And since then, we actually have a temperature increase during the winter months of about four - and-a-half degrees centigrade, which is a very large temperature increase.

    CNN Transcript Apr 24, 2008

  • CAMILLE PARMESAN, BIOLOGIST: If you look at those minimum projections, 1.8 degrees centigrade, which is about 2.5 to 3 degrees Fahrenheit, that's the conservative estimate.

    CNN Transcript Apr 4, 2007

  • We have already built in an additional rise in temperature of 0.6 degrees centigrade, which is causing the glaciers to disappear.

    As the World Melts

  • (SEL-see-uhs) A temperature scale, also called centigrade, according to which water freezes at zero degrees and boils at one hundred degrees.

    Celsius

  • The last few days have been very cold, with temperatures of zero and below (centigrade, that is, so high twenties / low thirties farenheit) and Sunday night's inch of snow has stayed around.

    The Bookworm

  • Meteorological events that happened on November 27th: 1701 Anders Celsius, the astronomer who invented the Celsius, often called the centigrade thermometer scale was born on this

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  • The heat is now 17 degrees centigrade, which is excellent for Reykjavík.

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