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Pronunciation: sen′ti-grād


  1. Basis of the former temperature scale in which 100 degrees separated the melting and boiling points of water.
  2. One hundredth of a circle, equal to 3.6° of the astronomic circle.

See: Celsius scale

[L. centum, one hundred, + gradus, step, degree]

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