Convert Centimeters to Meters
Learn How to Convert Centimeters to Meters Using our Conversion Formula
Converting a centimeter length measurement to a meter measurement involves multiplying your length by the conversion ratio to find the result. A centimeter is equal to 0.01 meters, so to convert simply multiply by 0.01.
For example, 5cm = (5 × 0.01) = 0.05m.
Our inch fraction calculator can add centimeters and meters together and it also automatically converts the results to both imperial and metric values.
Centimeters and meters are both units used to measure length. Learn more about length and find more length measurement conversion calculators. A centimeter is a metric measurement and can be abbreviated as cm, for example 1cm. A meter is a metric measurement and can be abbreviated as m, for example 1m. Learn more about the metric system, including the common unit prefixes and how to convert between metric units.
Internationally the centimeter is actually spelled centimetre and it's equal to 10 millimeters, .01 meters, or .393701 inches. Metric rulers have 30cm and they are the larger measurement. A standard pencil is just about 1cm thick, and can be used to get a rough idea of the size of a centimeter.
The meter is the primary unit of length in the metric system. It's equal to 100 centimeters or 39.37 inches. Internationally it is actually spelled metre. It was first defined 1793 as 1/10,000,000 the length from the equator to the North Pole. The current definition of a meter, adopted in 1983, is the distance light travels in 1/299,792,458 seconds and was adopted to in 1983.
We recommend using a ruler or tape measure for measuring length, which can be found at a local retailer or home center. Rulers are available in imperial, metric, or combination with both values, so make sure you get the correct type for your needs. If you need a ruler you can also download and print our free printable rulers which include both imperial and metric measurements.
More Length Conversions
- Convert to Miles Length
- 1cm is equal to 6.2137E-6 miles
- Convert to Yards Length
- 1cm is equal to 0.010936 yards
- Convert to Feet Length
- 1cm is equal to 0.032808 feet
- Convert to Inches Length
- 1cm is equal to 0.393701 inches
- Convert to Kilometers Length
- 1cm is equal to 1.0E-5 kilometers
- Convert to Millimeters Length
- 1cm is equal to 10 millimeters
- Convert to Micrometers Length
- 1cm is equal to 10,000 micrometers
- Convert to Nanometers Length
- 1cm is equal to 10,000,000 nanometers
Centimeter Measurements and Equivalent Meter Conversions