Definition of decimetre in English:


(also dm) (US decimeter)


  • A metric unit of length, equal to one tenth of a metre.

    • ‘In the middle of the stadium is a giant flower, several decimeters in diameter.’
    • ‘The forehead, eyelids, nose, cheeks, and preauricular regions are uniformly covered with hair, which can reach a length of several decimeters.’
    • ‘Clasts vary in size from a few decimetres to well over a metre in the thicker beds.’
    • ‘A thin (a few decimetres thick) conglomerate, with Miocene carbonate clasts bored by bivalves, and volcanic cobbles, occurs at the base.’
    • ‘It is at a distance of 12,841,348, 284,623 metres and 7 decimetres that this planet describes its orbit round the sun in 572 years, 194 days, 12 hours, 43 minutes, 9.8 seconds.’
    • ‘Larvae range from a few millimeters to a few decimeters, while adults can range from less than 1 cm to 2 m.’
    • ‘Echinoderms are also not microscopic, except for their larvae; they range from a few millimeters to a few decimeters in size, although the stalks of some crinoids could reach a length of over a meter.’
    • ‘The bones occur in a dark olive-gray calcareous mudstone layer several decimeters below the thin limestone bed.’
    • ‘The internationally recognized abbreviation of the meter is m. Meters are divided up into smaller units so a decimeter is one tenth of a meter, a centimeter is one hundredth of a meter, and a millimeter is one thousandth of a meter.’
    • ‘Alternative hypotheses postulate that the ancestor was a large colonial organism, centimeters or decimeters in size.’
    • ‘To examine variation within patches at the scale of decimeters to meters, seeds of Paris and Campanula were sown into two plots each and Actaea was sown into three plots per site.’
    • ‘Thus, water reaching the playa continues across it towards the lowest point, and flows in this direction persist long enough to erode and maintain channels that are metres in width and decimetres deep.’
    • ‘Under favourable climatic conditions, however, most prominently in tropical cloud forests, branches may be covered by a veritable soil layer, sometimes decimetres in depth.’
    • ‘The room was a spherical shape, surrounded by very thick glass at least a decimetre thick.’
    • ‘Apertures range from millimetre to decimetre.’