- a Greek combining form meaning “thousand,” introduced from French in the nomenclature of the metric system (kiloliter); on this model, used in the formation of compound words in other scientific measurements (kilowatt).
Origin of kilo-
< French, representing Greek chī́lioi a thousand
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- denoting 10³ (1000)kilometre Symbol: k
- (in computer technology) denoting 2 10 (1024): kilobyte: in computer usage, kilo- is restricted to sizes of storage (e.g. kilobit) when it means 1024; in other computer contexts it retains its usual meaning of 1000
from French, from Greek khilioi thousand
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Word Origin and History for kilo-
word-forming element meaning "one thousand," introduced in French 1795, when the metric system was officially adopted there, from Greek khilioi "thousand," of unknown origin.
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- One thousand (103):kilogram.
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- A prefix that means:
- One thousand, as in kilowatt, one thousand watts.
- 210 (that is, 1,024), which is the power of 2 closest to 1,000, as in kilobyte.
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