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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Kilometer'

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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  • Fixing South Sudan: Warrap State Starts Road Repairs
    Officials in Warrap state have started repairing a 30-kilometer stretch of road linking the state capital, Kuacjok, to neighboring Western Bahr el Ghazal -- and for some residents, the work is not a minute too soon. "The state this road is in, it will stop us from having children or it gives us hemorrhoids," says John Ateny, a frequent user of the Kuacjo Read more on this news related to 'Kilometer'
  • 1st high speed train on Delhi-Agra section in November
    Kapurthala : The first high speed train with a speed of 160 kilometer per hour will run on Delhi-Agra section in November this year as Kapurthala Rail Coach Factory (RCF) is all set to roll out first rake of fourteen coaches of the train.     RCF General Manager Parmod Kumar said shells of the first rake of high speed coaches had been manufactured and the work Read more on this news related to 'Kilometer'
  • Spokesman: DPR Wants 50-Kilometer Demilitarized Zone at Its Borders
    The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) favors the creation of a 50-kilometer (30-mile) demilitarized zone at its borders to prevent provocations and shelling of its territory, a spokesman for the republic told RIA Novosti Thursday. Read more on this news related to 'Kilometer'

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