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ˈkæl ə ricalo·rie

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Calorie, kilogram calorie, kilocalorie, large calorie, nutritionist's calorienoun

    a unit of heat equal to the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water by one degree at one atmosphere pressure; used by nutritionists to characterize the energy-producing potential in food

  2. calorie, gram calorie, small calorienoun

    unit of heat defined as the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree centigrade at atmospheric pressure


  1. calorienoun

    (physics and chemistry, obsolete) the gram calorie or small calorie, a non-SI unit of energy, equivalent to approximately 4.2 joules. This unit was widely used in chemistry and physics, being the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1°C.

  2. calorienoun

    kilogram calorie or large calorie. A unit of energy 1000 times larger than the gram calorie. It is equivalent to the gram kilocalorie, approximately 4.2 kilojoules.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Calorienoun

    the unit of heat according to the French standard; the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one kilogram (sometimes, one gram) of water one degree centigrade, or from 0¡ to 1¡. Compare the English standard unit, Foot pound.

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. calor heat.]


  1. Calorie

    The name calorie is used for two units of energy. ⁕The small calorie or gram calorie is the approximate amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius. ⁕The large calorie, kilogram calorie, dietary calorie, nutritionist's calorie or food calorie, which is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water by one degree Celsius. The large calorie is thus equal to 1000 small calories or one kilocalorie. Although these units are part of the metric system, they now have been superseded in the International System of Units by the joule. One small calorie is approximately 4.2 joules. The factors used to convert calories to joules are numerically equivalent to expressions of the specific heat capacity of water in joules per gram or per kilogram. The conversion factor depends on the definition adopted. In spite of its non-official status, the large calorie is still widely used as a unit of food energy in the US, UK and some other Western countries. The small calorie is also often used in chemistry as the method of measurement is fairly straightforward in most reactions, though the amounts involved are typically expressed in thousands as kcal, an equivalent unit to the large calorie.

Editors Contribution

  1. calorie

    A specific unit of energy.

    Energy is measured in many forms and one form of this is in calories.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 5, 2020  

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  1. Coralie

  2. coalier

  3. cariole

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of calorie in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of calorie in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of calorie in a Sentence

  1. Leah Keller:

    As you push the heart rate up and down, you get more benefit long-term both for your cardiovascular fitness and calorie burn.

  2. Jennifer Harris:

    Most of the sweetened drinks say,' good source of vitamin C' or' 100 % vitamin C' but they have no or little juice, a lot of them say' low sugar,'' less sugar.' But they don't say it's because there's added low-calorie artificial sweeteners in there. It's just very confusing.

  3. Mike Minnis:

    I think there is a misconception that every NFL player is on a 6,000-calorie diet. That is not necessarily true, one thing to consider is that the training load and stimulus of practices and overall training usually changes as the season progresses, and as a result, the athlete is not burning near the same number of calories that he was earlier in training camp and at the beginning of the season.

  4. Van Horn:

    To consume all of those recommended foods encompasses the vast majority of their calorie allowance leaving very few' discretionary' or empty sugary calories without causing weight gain.

  5. Lori Harrison:

    They are fat-free, low calorie, low sodium, gluten free, they are versatile, you can eat them cooked or raw, and they fit any healthy eating plan you have for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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