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kil·o·me·ter

 (kĭ-lŏm′ĭ-tər, kĭl′ə-mē′tər)
n. Abbr. km
A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile). See Table at measurement.

kil′o·met′ric (kĭl′ə-mĕt′rĭk) adj.

kil•o•me•ter

(kɪˈlɒm ɪ tər, ˈkɪl əˌmi-)

n.
a unit of length, the common measure of distances equal to 1000 meters (3280.8 feet or 0.621 mile). Abbr.: km
Also, esp. Brit.,kil′o•me`tre.
[1800–10; < French]
kil•o•met•ric (ˌkɪl əˈmɛ trɪk) kil`o•met′ri•cal, adj.
pron: The usual pronunciation both for units of measurement starting with kilo- (kilocalorie, kiloliter) and for units of length ending in the base word meter (centimeter, hectometer) gives primary stress to the first syllable and secondary to the third. Logically, kilometer should follow this pattern, and in fact has been pronounced (ˈkɪl əˌmi tər) since the early 1800s. A pronunciation with stress on the second syllable, (kɪˈlɒm ɪ tər) was first recorded in America before 1830. It is reinforced by words for instruments (rather than units) of measurement ending in -meter (thermometer, barometer) having stress on the -om syllable. Although criticized on the basis of analogy, this pronunciation has persisted in American English and gained popularity in Britain. Both pronunciations are used by educated speakers, including members of the scientific community.

kil·o·me·ter

(kĭ-lŏm′ĭ-tər, kĭl′ə-mē′tər)
A unit of length in the metric system, equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile). See Table at measurement.

kilometer

(km) A unit of length equal to 1000 m.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kilometer - a metric unit of length equal to 1000 meters (or 0.621371 miles)kilometer - a metric unit of length equal to 1000 meters (or 0.621371 miles)
metric linear unit - a linear unit of distance in metric terms
hectometer, hectometre, hm - a metric unit of length equal to 100 meters
mym, myriameter, myriametre - a metric unit of length equal to 10,000 meters
Translations
kilometr
kilometer
kilometri
kilometar
kilométer
キロメートル
킬로미터
kilometer
kilometer
กิโลเมตร
kilomet

kilometre

(American) kilometer (ˈkiləmiːtə) , (kiˈlomitə) noun
a unit of length, equal to 1,000 metres.

kilometer

كِيلومِتْر kilometr kilometer Kilometer χιλιόμετρο kilómetro kilometri kilomètre kilometar chilometro キロメートル 킬로미터 kilometer kilometer kilometr quilómetro, quilômetro километр kilometer กิโลเมตร kilometre kilomet 公里

kil·o·me·ter

n. kilómetro.
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