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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  • John Degenkolb of Germany wins 4th Vuelta stage
    German rider John Degenkolb outsprinted Vicente Reynes and race leader Michael Matthews to win a hot, sunny fourth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Tuesday. Degenkolb, who rides for Team Giant-Shimano, surged past Matthews and Reynes in the final kilometer of the hilly 164.7 kilometer (102 mile) ride from Mairena del Alcor to Cordoba. The 23-year-old Matthews, ridin Read more on this news related to 'Kilometer'
  • Kalama Devi limped one kilometer to nearby village for help
    The fight is said to have lasted a half-hour and pitted a leopard against a woman armed only with a farm tool in an isolated field in India. Kalama Devi, at 54 years old, won. Read more on this news related to 'Kilometer'
  • MRT 7 construction to start early next year
    Construction of the 22-kilometer Metro Rail Transit line 7 (MRT 7) can commence early next year, according to Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya. This as the Department of Finance has already signed the Performance Undertaking for the P62.7-billion project while the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) signed the project’s implementin Read more on this news related to 'Kilometer'

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