noun Physics.

a meter-kilogram-second unit of work or energy, equal to the work done by a force of one kilogram when its point of application moves through a distance of one meter in the direction of the force; approximately 7.2 foot-pounds. Abbreviation: kg-m

Nearby words

  1. kiloelectron volt,
  2. kilogauss,
  3. kilogram,
  4. kilogram calorie,
  5. kilogram-force,
  6. kilohertz,
  7. kilojoule,
  8. kiloliter,
  9. kilolitre,
  10. kilomegacycle

Also especially British, kil·o·gramme-me·tre.

Compare joule.

Origin of kilogram-meter

First recorded in 1865–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for kilogram-meter



A unit of energy and work in the meter-kilogram-second system, equal to the work performed by a one-kilogram force acting through a distance of one meter.

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