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kos \kos\ n. an Indian unit of length having different values in different localities.

Syn: coss.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

measure of distance in India (about 2 miles), from Hindi kos, from Sanskrit krosah, literally "a call, a shout;" thus, "distance within which a man's shout can be heard."


n. an Indian unit of length having different values in different localities [syn: coss]


KOS may refer to:

  • KOS Media, providing county wide and local regional publications in Kent
  • Kill on sight
  • Kingdom of Sorrow, a Sludgecore band from New Orleans
  • Knowledge Organization Systems, a generic term used in Knowledge organization
  • KolibriOS, open source x86 operating system
  • KOS (Yugoslavia), the counterintelligence service of the Yugoslav People's Army
  • Kickoff specialist, a position in American football and Canadian football responsible for handling kickoff duties
  • KOS (Serbia)
  • Kalateh-ye Osman Soltan
  • Kamimiyori-Shiobara-Onsenguchi Station
  • Kay On-Going School
  • Knoll Open Space
  • Ksar Ouled Soltane
  • Kamil Okyay Sındır (born 1962)
  • Kai Ove Stokkeland (born 1978)
  • KPT Officers Society
  • Karasuma Oike Station
  • Keep On Singin'
  • " Keep On Singing"
  • Keningau Oath Stone
  • Kimi Ora School
  • Kin On Stop
  • Kinosaki Onsen Station
  • Kirkuk Olympic Stadium
KOS (Yugoslavia)

The Counterintelligence Service or KOS (; ; ; ) was the counterintelligence service of the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) that existed between 1946 and the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991. In 1992, the Security Administration continued its work in Serbia and Montenegro.

Kos (disambiguation)

Kos is a Greek island.

Kos may also refer to:

  • Kos-, a Slavic word for "blackbird" that appears in various toponyms
  • Kos (surname), a Slavic surname, common in Slovenia and Poland
  • Kos (unit), an ancient Indian measure of distance, approx. 2 miles
  • k-os, aka Kevin Brereton (b. 1972), Canadian musician
  • Daily Kos, an American political blog
    • Kos, nickname for Markos Moulitsas (b. 1971), founder of the Daily Kos blog
  • Aero A.34 Kos, a Czech touring plane of the 1930s
  • Kos Manor, a 16th-century mansion in Jesenice, Slovenia
  • Kos, or some say Kosm. Fictional Deity from Bloodborne
  • Kos, nickname of UFC welterweight fighter, Josh Koscheck (b. 1977)
  • Kosraean language ISO 639 code

Koš (, ) is a village and municipality in Prievidza District in the Trenčín Region of western Slovakia.

Kos (unit)

The kos is an ancient unit of distance that has been in use in the Indian subcontinent for over three thousand years; evidence exists from Vedic times to the Mughal period, and even now elderly people in rural areas refer to distances from nearby areas in kos. A kos is about 2.25 miles.

It is variously spelled "Kos", "Kosh", "Krosh", and "Koss" when rendered in the Latin alphabet.

The Arthashastra gives this breakup of Indian units of length:

  • 1 Angul (approximate width of a finger) = approx. 3/4 of an inch;
  • 4 Angul = Dharnugrah (bow grip) = 3 in;
  • 8 Angul = 1 Dhanurmushti (fist with thumb raised) = 6 in;
  • 12 Angul = 1 Vitastaa (span-distance of stretched out palm between the tips of a person's thumb and the little finger) = 9 in;
  • 2 Vitastaa (from the tip of the elbow to the tip of the middle finger) = 1 Aratni or Hast (cubit or Haath) = 18 in;
  • 4 Aratni (Haath) = 1 Dand or Dhanush (bow) = 6 ft;
  • 10 Dand = 1 Rajju = 60 ft;
  • 2 Rajju = 1 Paridesh = 120 ft;
  • 2000 Dand (Dhanush) = 1 Krosh or Gorut = 4000 yards or 2 miles - nearly 3.66 km;
  • 4 Krosh = 1 Yojan = 9 miles - nearly 15 km;

Kos may also refer to about 1.8 km (1⅛ mile) or 3.2 km (2 miles).

Along India's old highways, particularly the Grand Trunk Road, one still finds Kos Minar, or mile markers, erected at distances of a little over two miles

Kos (regional unit)

Kos is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the region of South Aegean. The regional unit covers the islands of Kos, Nisyros and several smaller islands in the Aegean Sea.

Kos (village)

Kos is a village in Momchilgrad Municipality, Kardzhali Province, southern Bulgaria.

Kos (surname)

Kos, meaning "blackbird", is a Slavic surname very common in Slovenia. It is the 10th most common surname in Slovenia. Unlike many other Slovene surnames, Kos is found throughout the country, although it's more common in the central and eastern regions than in the west.

It can refer to:

  • Božo Kos (1931–2009), Slovenian illustrator, caricaturist, and vignettist
  • Franc Kos (1853–1924), Slovenian historian
  • Gojmir Anton Kos (1896–1970), Slovenian painter
  • Janko Kos (born 1931), Slovenian literary historian
  • Milko Kos (1892–1972), Slovenian historian
  • Vladimir Kos (born 1924), Slovenian Jesuit priest, poet, philosopher, essayist and translator
  • Tine Kos (1894–1977), Slovenian sculptor
  • Józef Kos, Polish war veteran
  • Károly Kós, Hungarian architect
  • Maja Kos, Serbian synchronized swimmer
  • Mile Kos, Serbian footballer
  • Monika Kos, Australian journalist
  • Paul Kos, American conceptual artist
  • René Kos, Dutch cyclist
  • Rudolph Kos, American priest
  • Tomasz Kos, Polish footballer

Usage examples of "kos".

Unlike most SEALS, who only took their work seriously, Kos Kosciuszko took life too seriously to accept a ribbing in the proper spirit.

He, Mac, Roselli, Kos Kosciuszko, and Ed DeWitt were sitting in a secure planning room amid stacks of maps, papers, intelligence files, and satellite photographs.

Ed DeWitt and Kos Kosciuszko were giving the route map a last bit of study.

With their armored car in the lead, then the two Mercedes, and finally DeWitt and Kos bringing up the rear in the second armored car, the SEALs started down the road into the cold Lebanese night.

Baalbek, Lebanon Ed DeWitt, imager in hand, was leading Kos Kosciuszko out of the warehouse when an automatic weapon opened up off to their right.

The Mercedes was screaming through the streets of Baalbek, and Kos Kosciuszko was laid out across the back seat.

Without moving Kos, he slipped his hands underneath and checked the back.

He made himself comfortable, and they left Kos Kosciuszko to regain consciousness on his own.

Razor picked up DeWitt while Murdock threw Kos Kosciuszko into the undamaged Mercedes.

PKM to Kos Kosciuszko and received a lighter, faster-handling Kalashnikov AKM from Doc.

Then Kos Kosciuszko, with the machine gun and close to seven hundred rounds linked, all that had been left in the Mercedes.

Jaybird and Murdock went across the dirt road first, while Kos and Higgins, on either flank, trained their weapons up and down the road.

Sensing it, Kos Kosciuszko raised up on his knees and held down the trigger on his PKM machine gun.

In his will Kos Kosciuszko named Blake Murdock the executor of his estate.

Then they all got loudly shit-faced and told Kos Kosciuszko stories long into the night.