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Kilometer \Kil"o*me`ter\, Kilometre \Kil"o*me`tre\, n. [F. kilometre. See Kilogram, and Meter.] A measure of length, being a thousand meters. It is equal to 3,280.84 feet, or 0.62137119 of a mile.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1810, from French kilom├Ętre (1795); see kilo- + meter (n.2). Related: Kilometric.


n. (standard spelling of kilometre from=American spelling English)


n. a metric unit of length equal to 1000 meters (or 0.621371 miles) [syn: kilometre, km, klick]

Usage examples of "kilometer".

Himalayas, the aeroplankton now drifted hundreds of kilometers thick in enormous fronts all over the world due to a jet stream knocked off course by a Chinese nuclear test.

Sleepily, she explained that Rhani had decided she wanted to go to Sovka, three hundred and fifty kilometers north, and had instructed Amri to wake her pilot up.

T-junction along a stony farm track that vanished a couple of kilometers later beneath the advancing Anguilla grass.

In tiers and scarps, crags and cliffs, thinly brush-grown or naked rock, the continental shelf dropped down three kilometers to the Antonine Seabed.

There was food at Aquarius Station, about thirty kilometers to the north of the mountain range, and the indigenous amphibians that inhabited the swamps were edible when they could be caught and killed.

The Archerfish had released them only a few kilometers from their target, the ship channel navigation buoy.

That meant the Archerfish had to close to within fourteen kilometers of Moe before launching the eight boat.

Put the wet clothes back on, run a few kilometers with rocks in your boots then get back in the tub.

It remembered from ordnance maps at the Bataan base that Manila Bay was about forty kilometers south, and there were plenty of rivers through the Panga and Bulacan provinces.

Once in Manila Bay, it was about sixty kilometers around the Bataan peninsula to the South China Sea.

Between deflection by air-currents and the dodging of the enemy vessels our effective range is shortened to a few kilometers, and their beams are deadly at that distance.

Solarians, whose autopilot had now reduced their rate of closure to only a few kilometers per minute, were able to get a better look at the antique forcefield bonds that held the berserker and the bioresearch station together.

The dots were the twelve other ships of the task force, all steaming one behind another along an eleven-kilometer by two kilometer racetrack, pacing back and forth over the deep channel through the Bohai Haixia.

Forget the carrier buckets, and the superconducting cables that carried electricity down to the drive train from the solar power satellite seventy thousand kilometers above us.

In the larger temps, the thousand-year habitats at Canberra and Namqem, the park was the largest space within the structure, kilometer on kilometer of nature.