from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A unit used in measuring mechanical work, equal to the work done against gravity in raising one kilogram a vertical distance of one meter: it is equivalent to about 7.2 foot-pounds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mech.) A measure of energy or work done, being the amount expended in raising one kilogram through the height of one meter, in the latitude of Paris.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of kilogram-meter.

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

  • noun a unit of work equal to the work done by a one kilogram force operating through a distance of one meter


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  • What is called a kilogrammeter is the force capable of lifting 1 kilogramme to 1 meter in height during 1 second.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 1082, September 26, 1896

  • The watt, like the kilogrammeter, of which it represents nearly a tenth, is not a unit of light, but a unit of energy.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 1082, September 26, 1896

  • In another experiment, made with five elements, the consumption of zinc was found to be 36 milligrammes for every kilogrammeter of mechanical work performed.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 315, January 14, 1882

  • Thus, for example, work would be indicated by the letter W (initial of the word); the C.G.S. unit is the _erg_, which would be written without abbreviation, on account of its being short; and the practical units would be the kilogrammeter (_kgm_), the grammeter (_gm_), etc. The multiples would be the _meg-erg_, the tonne-meter (_t-m_), etc.Mr. Jamieson's propositions have been in great part approved.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 595, May 28, 1887

  • During the experiment the positive plate of the voltameter lost in weight 0.224 gramme, the negative gaining 0.235 gramme, giving an average of chemical work performed in the voltameter of 0.229 gramme, and multiplying this figure by the ratio between the equivalent of zinc to that of copper, and by the number of the elements of the battery, the weight of zinc consumed in the battery was computed at 0.951 gramme, so that to produce one kilogrammeter of mechanical work 33 milligrammes of zinc would be consumed in the battery.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 315, January 14, 1882


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