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

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  • 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.

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  • n. one thousand tons
  • n. a measure of explosive power (of an atomic weapon) equal to that of 1000 tons of TNT


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metric prefix kilo- +‎ ton


  • (One kiloton is the explosive energy released by 1,000 tons of TNT.)

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  • Baneberry had a yield of ten kilotons (a kiloton is the equivalent of 1,000 tons of TNT).

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  • 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.

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  • A kiloton is a measure of a nuclear bomb's power and is equal to 1,000 tons of TNT.

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  • The ‘Advanced Interplanetary Ship’, as it would be called, would have 4G acceleration using 15 kiloton ‘propulsion modules’

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • If 1 kiloton of dynamite, or TNT trinitrotoluol, explodes, 4 × 1012 joules of energy are released.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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