# Difference Between Centimeters & Meters ••• artisteer/iStock/GettyImages

Measurements are commonly used in daily life. For example, you need to know what sizes of clothes to buy, how much space you have available for furniture and how far you have to travel to work. Societies require a standardization of units to ensure that measurements are precise and universal. Centimeters and meters – both metric units – measure length.

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Centimeters and meters are both metric units of measurement. The centimeter is 1/100 of a meter or, to put it another way, it takes 100 centimeters to equal one meter.

## The Differences in Length

A centimeter is 1/100th of a meter. It would take the length of 100 cm to equal the length of a single meter. A centimeter is equivalent to 0.39 inches. It is also equal to 0.033 feet, 0.011 yards and 0.0000062 miles. A meter is equal to 3.28 feet, 1.09 yards or 0.00062 miles.

## Usage for Centimeters and Meters

A centimeter is a much smaller unit of measurement than a meter. When measuring objects, it’s best to use a unit close to the size of the object. This way the measurement offers practical value. Imagine measuring the height of a person in miles or the length of a freeway in inches. These calculations would serve little purpose. More practical uses of measurement would be to measure a person or house in meters and to measure a worm or the blueprints for a house in centimeters.

## Entymology of (Centi)meters

The term “centi” is derived from the Latin word “centum,” which means one-hundred. It was first used as “centi” by the French, who introduced the measurement when they created the metric system. When used as centi, it is defined as one-hundredth of a unit. Thus, a meter is 100 cm, or a centimeter is one-hundredth of a meter.