Kilometer

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Kilometer Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    kilometer n : a metric unit of length equal to 1000 meters (or 0.621371 miles) [syn: kilometre, km, klick]
Kilometer Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Kilometer \Kil"o*me`ter\, Kilometre \Kil"o*me`tre\, n. [F. kilometre. See Kilogram, and Meter.] A measure of length, being a thousand meters. It is equal to 3,280.8 feet, or 62137 of a mile.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Kilometer'


The kilometre (American spelling: kilometer), symbol km It is the conventionally used measurement unit for expressing distances between geographical places in most of the world; notable exceptions are the United States and the United Kingdom where the statute mile is used.

A slang term for the kilometre in the military is klick and in common speech involving distance it is often abbreviated as simply a k (kay).

There are two pronunciations for the word:

The former pronunciation follows the general pattern in English whereby metric units of measurement are pronounced with the stress on the first syllable, and preserves the pronunciation of metre. It is generally preferred by the BBC, while most scientists use the pronunciation with stress on the second syllable. The latter pronunciation, which follows the stress pattern used for the names of measuring instruments (such as micrometer, barometer, thermometer, tachometer and speedometer), is in common usage as well.

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