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- prefix A combining form used to signify thousand in forming the names of units of measurement
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- prefix In the
International System of Unitsand other metricsystems of units, multiplying the unitto which it is attached by 1,000. Symbol: k
- prefix computing Multiplying the unit to which it is attached by 210 (1024)
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From French, kilo- irregularly derived from χίλιοι (chilioi ) "one thousand". The "correct" form would be chili-, resulting in forms such as chiliasm. But the French, when creating the prefix had to avoid a possible (standard) pronunciation of chi as IPA: /ʃi/, too close to the vulgar verb chier.
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