Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • One thousand (103): kilowatt.

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  • In the International System of Units and other metric systems of units, multiplying the unit to which it is attached by 1,000. Symbol: k
  • Multiplying the unit to which it is attached by 210 (1024)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A combining form used to signify thousand in forming the names of units of measurement

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French, from Greek khīlioi, thousand; see gheslo- in Indo-European roots.

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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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