kilo [ kee-loh, kil-oh ] SHOW IPA / ˈki loʊ, ˈkɪl oʊ / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun, plural ki·los. (a word used in communications to represent the letter K.)
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Origin of kilo
First recorded in 1865–70; shortened form
Other definitions for kilo (2 of 2) 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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How to use kilo in a sentence
Just a few months ago, an average chicken cost 110 rubles per
kilo and Monday it is 130 rubles.
Greason said that an old-fashioned NASA-type government launch costs between $5000 and $8000 per
This defendant was charged with having a
kilo of heroin, serious dealer weight, but he had not been indicted.
The best horsetail hair comes from Latin America, at $25 a
Rhino horn can fetch up to $60,000 per
kilo on the black market.
In twenty years the average price fell from about 235 to 135 marks the 1000
On the other side of the fire, reclining upon his elbow, the gnome
Kilo is poking the coals with a stick.
kilo of indigo yields in this manner a very concentrated vat of from 10 to 15 litres.
Look at those great clusters of dates—ten francs a
kilo, and we pay sixteen.
Let those who haste to decry modern institutions remember that to-day you can buy bread in Tournus for a few sous the
kilo. British Dictionary definitions for kilo (1 of 3) British Dictionary definitions for kilo (2 of 3) noun communications a code word for the letter k British Dictionary definitions for kilo (3 of 3) prefix 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 Word Origin for kilo-
from French, from Greek
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Medical definitions for kilo pref. One thousand (10 3): kilogram.
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Scientific definitions for kilo A prefix that means: One thousand, as in kilowatt, one thousand watts. 2 10 (that is, 1,024), which is the power of 2 closest to 1,000, as in kilobyte.
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