American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A unit of weight or capacity equal to 1,000 metric tons.
- n. An explosive force equivalent to that of 1,000 metric tons of TNT.
- n. A measure of the strength of an explosion or a bomb based on how many thousand tons of TNT would be needed to produce the same energy.
- n. one thousand tons
- n. a measure of explosive power (of an atomic weapon) equal to that of 1000 tons of TNT
- metric prefix kilo- + ton (Wiktionary)
“(One kiloton is the explosive energy released by 1,000 tons of TNT.)”
“Baneberry had a yield of ten kilotons (a kiloton is the equivalent of 1,000 tons of TNT).”
“A kiloton is a very low yield and would tend to suggest, I would have thought, that the device was not all they hoped it would be, Davies told Reuters.”
“A kiloton is a measure of a nuclear bomb's power and is equal to 1,000 tons of TNT.”
“The ‘Advanced Interplanetary Ship’, as it would be called, would have 4G acceleration using 15 kiloton ‘propulsion modules’”
“Is it more than merely an exponentially higher degree of explosiveness per kiloton that distinguishes nuclear from nonnuclear weapons that has given rise to a taboo?”
“Israel has equipped the new Dolphin-class subs with homemade 1,500-km range cruise missiles carrying 200 kiloton nuclear warheads and 135-km range US-made Harpoon missiles also fitted with nuclear warheads.”
“If 1 kiloton of dynamite, or TNT trinitrotoluol, explodes, 4 × 1012 joules of energy are released.”
“The energy that was released from the bomb on Hiroshima was equal to 13 kilotons of TNT, that is: 13 × 4 × 1012 = 5 × 1013 joules. 1 kiloton is a thousand tons, is 106 kilograms.”
“Only once were these puppies ever tested - a 15 kiloton blast at the Nevada test site, fired from a range of 7 miles.”
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