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  • Of a scale, having 100 divisions between two fixed points.
  • A centigrade temperature scale having the freezing point of water defined as 0° and its boiling point defined as 100°. Now known as the Celsius scale.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



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° centigrade (or 10° C.).

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.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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