Definitions for kilotonˈkɪl əˌtʌn
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a unit of weight, equal to 1000 tons.
Category: Weights and Measures
an explosive force equal to that of 1000 tons of TNT.
Origin of kiloton:
one thousand tons
a measure of explosive power (of an atomic weapon) equal to that of 1000 tons of TNT
A measure of the strength of an explosion or a bomb based on how many thousand tons of TNT would be needed to produce the same energy.
Origin: metric prefix