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How Many Centimeters in a Meter

Meters1 and centimeters2 are both units of length from the metric system. The meter is one of the basic units in the SI (International System of Units). No wonder, that converting meters to centimeters or vice versa is very simple. You just have to remember the fact:

So, if you need to find out how many centimeters are in some number of meters, you must multiply the meters by one hundred. On the contrary, to convert centimeters to meters, divide centimeters by one hundred.

There are no any other definitions of the meter and the centimeter, so you will never be confused while dealing with these units of length. But you should take into account the fact that the official spelling, accepted in the metric system, is “metre”. The Unites States is the only English speaking country in the world using the spelling “meter”. At the same time, many complex words, including the root “meter”, have the American variant (speedometer, etc) used in all countries.

This video will teach you how to measure segments of different size using a common metric ruler:

  1. The meter (British spelling: metre; abbr. m) is the basic length unit according to the International System of Units. It consists of one hundred centimeters (cm). In 1983, the meter was defined as the distance that light travels in vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of one second.
  2. The centimeter (British spelling: centimetre; abbr. cm) is a metric length unit, which is equivalent to 1/100 meter. One centimeter consists of ten millimeters (mm).
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