One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A system of measurement using the centimetre, the gram, and the second as basic units of length, mass, and time respectively.
- ‘Early on in the history of the metric system various centimetre gram second system of units (CGS) had been in use.’
- ‘Because of the need in science for small units, the cgs (centimetre-gram-second) system also came into use.’
- ‘The Gauss is a unit of magnetic induction in the centimetre-gram-second system of physical units.’
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