# decimetre

## Definitions

• WordNet 3.6
• n decimetre a metric unit of length equal to one tenth of a meter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
• n Decimetre A measure of length in the metric system; one tenth of a meter, equal to 3.937 inches.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
• n Decimetre des′i-mē-tėr a measure of length equal to 1⁄10 metre.
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## Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. décimètre,; pref. déci-, tenth (fr. L. decimus,) + mètre,. See Meter

## Usage

### In literature:

I open a reed-stump about two decimetres long by twelve millimetres in diameter.
"Bramble-bees and Others" by J. Henri Fabre
The length of the index is about one decimetre.
"The Eruption of Vesuvius in 1872" by Luigi Palmieri
In 1827 the size of the sheet which was the basis of the charge was fixed at 25 square decimetres.
"The Development of Rates of Postage" by A. D. Smith
The litre is equal to a cubic decimetre.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 5" by Various
The first rod is a metre long, and the last a decimetre.
"The Montessori Method" by Maria Montessori
C., and a current density of one ampere per square decimetre is used.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 6" by Various
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### In science:

But both above mentioned instruments are rather in the decimetric frequency range now.