Definitions for kiloˈki loʊ, ˈkɪl oʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ki•loˈki loʊ, ˈkɪl oʊ(n.)(pl.)-los.

  1. a kilogram.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  2. a kilometer.

    Category: Weights and Measures

Origin of kilo:



  1. a combining form used in the names of units of measure equal to one thousand of a given base unit:

    kiloliter; kilowatt.

    Category: Math, Affix

Origin of kilo-:

< F, repr. Gk chilioi a thousand

Princeton's WordNet

  1. kilogram, kg, kilo(noun)

    one thousand grams; the basic unit of mass adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites

    "a kilogram is approximately 2.2 pounds"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. kilo(noun)ˈki loʊ, ˈkɪl oʊ

    a kilogram

    It weighs about two kilos.


  1. kilo(Noun)

    Short form of kilogram.

  2. kilo(Noun)

    The letter K in the ICAO spelling alphabet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kilo(noun)

    an abbreviation of Kilogram

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. kilo

    [SI] See quantifiers.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Kilo

    A prefix to the names of units; it indicates one thousand times, as kilogram, one thousand grams. A few such units are given below.


  1. kilo-

    kilo is a unit prefix in the metric system denoting multiplication by one thousand. It has been used in the International System of Units where it has the unit symbol k, in lower case. The prefix kilo is derived from the Greek word χίλιοι, meaning "thousand". It was originally adopted by Antoine Lavoisier's research group in 1795, and introduced into the metric system in France with its establishment in 1799. Examples: one kilogram is 1000 grams one kilometre is 1000 metres one kilojoule is 1000 joules one kilobaud is 1000 bauds one kilohertz is 1000 hertz one kilobit is 1000 bits one kilobyte is 1000 A second definition has been in common use in some fields of computer science and information technology, which is, however, inconsistent with the SI. It uses kilo as meaning 2¹⁰ = 1024, because of the mathematical coincidence that 2¹⁰ is approximately 10³. The NIST comments on this confusion: "Faced with this reality, the IEEE Standards Board decided that IEEE standards will use the conventional, internationally adopted, definitions of the SI prefixes", instead of kilo for 1024. Example:

Translations for kilo

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to select and kill (surplus animals)

They are culling the kangaroos.

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