- a unit of mass equal to 1000 grams: the basic unit of mass in the International System of Units(SI), equal to the mass of the international prototype of the kilogram, a platinum-iridium cylinder kept in Sèvres, France. Abbreviation: kg
- a unit of force and weight, equal to the force that produces an acceleration of 9.80665 meters per second per second when acting on a mass of one kilogram. Abbreviation: kg
Also especially British, kil·o·gramme.
Origin of kilogram
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Examples from the Web for kilogram
He paid six cents for the kilogram of potatoes, or even seven.The Iron Ration
George Abel Schreiner
The masses commonly used are the milligram, gram and kilogram.Physics
Willis Eugene Tower
Half a kilogram (eighteen ounces) is considered the portion for each person.Rome
Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
The oil consumption was .02 of a kilogram per horse-power hour.Aviation Engines
Victor Wilfred Pag
And here in Kosseev is a tree bearing Giants which before they are dried weigh ten nuts to one kilogram (2.204 pounds).Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting
Northern Nut Growers Association
- one thousand grams
- the basic SI unit of mass, equal to the mass of the international prototype held by the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures. One kilogram is equivalent to 2.204 62 pounds
Word Origin and History for kilogram
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- The base unit of mass in the International System of Units, equal to 1,000 grams (2.2046 pounds).
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- The basic unit of mass in the metric system, equal to 1,000 grams (2.2 pounds). See Table at measurement.
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