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# How many centimeters are in a meter stick?

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A meter measuring stick, which is one meter (39.37 inches) long, contains 100 centimeters. Comparatively, a centimeter is equal to one one-hundredth of a meter.

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The word centimeter, which comes from the late 18th-century French word "centimetre," is derived from the Latin root "centum," meaning "hundred" and the Greek root "metron," meaning "measure." The meter became the standard measurement of length for the metric system, adopted first in France in the middle of the 19th century, then in many parts of the world in the later part of that century. The prefix "centi-," like others, was adopted to describe decimally smaller increments of a meter.

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The function of a meter stick is to measure the length of an object or distance using the metric system. The length or distance shouldn't be extremely small or large in order to obtain an accurate and efficient result.

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A meter stick is a large ruler used for measuring size or distance using the metric scale. The measurements provided on a meter stick are in centimeters (100 cm in a meter) and millimeters (1,000 mm in a meter). Some meter sticks also provide measurement increments in inches for comparison.

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There are 10 decimeters in 1 meter, which is a measurement in the metric system. "Dec" is the Latin root that means "ten."