Definition of centimeter-gram-second system in US English:

centimeter-gram-second system


  • A system of measurement using the centimeter, the gram, and the second as basic units of length, mass, and time.

    • ‘Early on in the history of the metric system various centimetre gram second system of units (CGS) had been in use.’
    • ‘The Gauss is a unit of magnetic induction in the centimetre-gram-second system of physical units.’
    • ‘Because of the need in science for small units, the cgs (centimetre-gram-second) system also came into use.’