Definitions

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

  • n. A metric unit of length equal to one-tenth (10-1) of a meter.

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  • n. US spelling of decimetre.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A measure of length in the metric system; one tenth of a meter, equal to 3.937 inches.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the metric system, a measure of length equal to the tenth part of a meter, or 3.937 inches.

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

  • n. a metric unit of length equal to one tenth of a meter

Etymologies

deci- +‎ meter (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The unit of capacity, the liter, is a cubic decimeter, which is a little larger than the American liquid quart.

    The Metric System

  • It was a simple matter to have the soil of the road sink a decimeter directly under his foot, and to have a puddle of water form there, extending a full two meters on in front of him.

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  • These diversities are highest in continental parts of the Arctic such as the Taymir Peninsula of Russia, where there are about 150 species of plants (vascular plants, lichens, and mosses) per 100 m2 plot, 40 to 50 species per square meter, and up to 25 species per square decimeter [10].

    Implications of current species distributions for future biotic change in the Arctic

  • Although the number of plant species in the Arctic is low in general, individual communities of small arctic plants have a diversity similar to or higher than those of boreal and temperate zones: there can be up to 25 species per square decimeter.

    Implications of current species distributions for future biotic change in the Arctic

  • The meter is too small to make a decent sized decimeter, which happens to be less than 4 inches.

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  • It has been calculated that between Tabatinga on the Brazilian frontier, and the source of this huge body of water, the difference of level does not exceed a decimeter in each league.

    Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon

  • Why, that the density of Gallia is just about double the density of the earth, which we know is only five kilogrammes to a cubic decimeter.

    Off on a Comet

  • Dobryna, who was directed to cut out of the solid rock the cubic decimeter required by the professor.

    Off on a Comet

  • Of this rock here is a solid decimeter; let us get at its weight, and we shall have the key which will unlock the problem of the whole weight of Gallia.

    Off on a Comet

  • Professor Rosette requested that one of the men might be ordered to cut him a cubic decimeter out of the solid substance of Gallia.

    Off on a Comet

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