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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The unit of heat according to the French standard; the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one kilogram (sometimes, one gram) of water one degree centigrade, or from 0° to 1°. Compare the English standard unit, Foot pound.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See calory.

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

  • n. unit of heat defined as the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree centigrade at atmospheric pressure
  • n. a unit of heat equal to the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water by one degree at one atmosphere pressure; used by nutritionists to characterize the energy-producing potential in food

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