[ ki-lom-i-ter, kil-uh-mee‐ ]
/ kɪˈlɒm ɪ tər, ˈkɪl əˌmi‐ /
a unit of length, the common measure of distances equal to 1000 meters, and equivalent to 3280.8 feet or 0.621 mile. Abbreviation: km
Also especially British, kil·o·me·tre.
pronunciation note for kilometer
The usual pronunciation for units of measurement starting with kilo-, as kilocalorie, kiloliter, and kilohertz, as well as for units of length ending in the base word meter, as centimeter, hectometer, and millimeter, gives primary stress to the first syllable and secondary to the third. It would seem logical for kilometer to follow this pattern, and in fact the pronunciation [kil-uh-mee-ter] /ˈkɪl əˌmi tər/ has been used since the early 1800's. A second pronunciation: [ki-lom-i-ter] /kɪˈlɒm ɪ tər/, with stress on the second syllable only, was first recorded in America before 1830. Although often criticized on the basis of analogy, this pronunciation has persisted in American English, increasing in frequency, and has gained popularity in British English as well. It is reinforced by words for instruments (rather than units) of measurement ending in -meter, as thermometer, barometer, and speedometer, having stress on the -om syllable. Both pronunciations are used by educated speakers, including members of the scientific community.
OTHER WORDS FROM kilometerkil·o·met·ric [kil-uh-me-trik] /ˌkɪl əˈmɛ trɪk/, kil·o·met·ri·cal, adjective
Words nearby kilometer
kilogram-meter, kilohertz, kiloliter, kilolitre, kilomegacycle, kilometer, kilometre, kiloparsec, kiloton, kilovolt, kilovolt-ampere
Example sentences from the Web for kilometre
Theodorics tomb is in La Rotonda, a kilometre or more from Ravenna in the midst of a vineyard.Italian Highways and Byways from a Motor Car |Francis Miltoun
But Adelle would not give up one kilometre of her great dash for liberty and Archie.Clark's Field |Robert Herrick
Next to die is a drummer-boy, killed by a shell on the way to a hamlet called America, a kilometre beyond Kruisseecke.The Challenge of the Dead |Stephen Graham
On June 15th, more than a kilometre of trenches was actually recaptured from the enemy.Verdun Argonne-Metz 1914-1918 |Anonymous
As one approaches Mcon by road from the north or west, great villas and chateaux de commerce line every kilometre of the way.Castles and Chateaux of Old Burgundy |Francis Miltoun
British Dictionary definitions for kilometre
/ (kɪˈlɒmɪtə, ˈkɪləˌmiːtə) /
one thousand metres, equal to 0.621371 miles Symbol: km
Derived forms of kilometrekilometric (ˌkɪləʊˈmɛtrɪk) or kilometrical, adjective
Scientific definitions for kilometre
[ kĭ-lŏm′ĭ-tər, kĭl′ə-mē′tər ]
A unit of length in the metric system equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile). See Table at measurement.
Cultural definitions for kilometre
[ (ki-lom-uh-tuhr, kil-uh-mee-tuhr) ]
In the metric system, one thousand meters, or about five-eighths of a mile.