Meter to Centimeter Converter

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1 Meter = 100 Centimeter

How many Centimeter in 1 Meter? The answer is 100

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The meter or metre (symbol m) is the SI unit for length. It has been defined since 1983 as the distance light travels in vacuum in 1/299,792,458 seconds. The meter is one of the seven SI base units and is at the base of the metric system. The surface unit m² (square meter) and the volume unit m³ (cubic meter) are derived directly from the meter.

History and Origin

The origin of the word 'meter' is the Greek term μέτρον (metron) which means measure.

The idea of a unified system of measures was first implemented in France, at the time of the French Revolution. The existence of different systems of measures was one of the most frequent causes of disputes between traders, citizens and tax collectors. With the unified country, a single currency and a unified national market, there was a strong economic incentive to break out of this situation and standardize a system of measures. The constant problem was not only the different units, but mainly the different sizes of the units. Rather than simply standardizing the size of existing units, the leaders of the French National Constituent Assembly decided that a completely new system should be adopted.

The French Government asked the French Academy of Sciences to create a system of measures based on a non-arbitrary constant. After this request, a group of French researchers, composed of physicists, astronomers and surveyors, started this task, thus defining that the unit of meter length should correspond to a certain fraction of the Earth's circumference and also correspond to a range of degrees of the terrestrial meridian.

On June 22, 1799, two prototypes of iridium platinum, representing the meter and the kilogram, were deposited at the Archives of the Republic in Paris, which are still kept at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in France.

In 20 of May of 1875 one international treaty known as the Convention du Mètre (Meter Convention) was signed by 17 States and established the creation of the Bureau International des Poids et mesures (BIPM), a permanent laboratory and world center of scientific metrology, and the Conférence Générale des Poids et mesures (CGPM), which in 1889, in its 1st edition, defined the international metro prototypes.

The definition of the meter in history

The definition of a 'meter' has changed several times over the course of history, as the development of science has made the available measurement methods more accurate than the standard definition previously used. With one exception, the meter has not changed, but has been made more accurate.


A centimeter (cm) is a length of 0.01 meters = 10 mm.

'Centi' comes from the Latin word 'centum', one hundred.

The centimeter is the usual unit for measurements in domestic circumstances, for example, body height, furniture dimensions, clothing and so on. In technical drawings, the millimeter is preferred.

Meters to Centimeters Formula

Formula 1:-

cm = m / 0.01

Formula 2:-

cm = m * 100

How to convert Meter to Centimeter

Here's how to convert 5 meters to centimeters using the formula 1 and formula 2.
Q: 5 m = ? cm

Using Formula 1:-

5 m = (5 ÷ 0.01) = 500 cm

Using Formula 2:-

5 m = (5 × 100) = 500 cm

Meter to Centimeter Conversion Table

Meter [m]Centimeter [cm]
0.01 m1 cm
0.02 m2 cm
0.03 m3 cm
0.04 m4 cm
0.05 m5 cm
0.1 m10 cm
0.2 m20 cm
0.3 m30 cm
0.4 m40 cm
0.5 m50 cm
1 m100 cm
2 m200 cm
3 m300 cm
4 m400 cm
5 m500 cm
10 m1000 cm
20 m2000 cm
50 m5000 cm
100 m10000 cm
1000 m100000 cm