Definitions

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  • n. (metrology) An SI unit of length equal to 103 metres.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a metric unit of length equal to 1000 meters (or 0.621371 miles)

Etymologies

From French kilomètre, from Ancient Greek χίλιοι (khilioi, "thousand") + μέτρον (metron, "measure"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I discovered that I was unable to get further than about a kilometre from the plateau before the compulsion to return became undeniable.

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  • Also, the hybrid price per kilometre is over four times better that of the petrol engine (to say nothing of the presumed range) and a third better than the electric, but even still given a cost of 200 yen per litre, I make it that one would need to drive over 100,000 kilometres to pay back the price.

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  • In the United Kingdom, apparently, you need a license to protest within a kilometre from the Mother of all Parliaments.

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  • It reminds the ancient scribe of that long-ago spat between Gough Whitlam and Clyde Cameron about how the word kilometre should rightly be pronounced.

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  • Paul Chandler told ITV News he and his wife were being held aboard a container ship anchored about a kilometre from the Somali coast.

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  • The policeman was at a Georgian checkpoint near the central city of Gori about a kilometre from the Russian post, Interior Ministry official Shota Utiashvili said.

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  • The people there have to use satellite to make a call a kilometre away and the limited DSL is very expensive - we will try to push the envelope a little and experiment with voice and data.

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  • The people there have to use satellite to make a call a kilometre away and the limited DSL is very expensive -- we will try to push the envelope a little and experiment with voice and data.

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  • Clark, who is credited with discovering this surfing zone - a rocky break a kilometre offshore - will not be a part of the contest for the first time in its 11-year-history.

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  • "For me to get the silver and Rizal the bronze in the kilometre is a big bonus for Malaysia, and for Asia."

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