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[kee-loh, kil-oh] /ˈki loʊ, ˈkɪl oʊ/

noun, plural kilos.
(a word used in communications to represent the letter K.)
a Greek combining form meaning “thousand,” introduced from French in the nomenclature of the metric system (kiloliter); on this model, used in the formation of compound words in other scientific measurements (kilowatt).
noun (pl) kilos
short for kilogram, kilometre
(communications) a code word for the letter k
denoting 10³ (1000): kilometre, k
(in computer technology) denoting 210 (1024): kilobyte: in computer usage, kilo- is restricted to sizes of storage (e.g. kilobit) when it means 1024; in other computer contexts it retains its usual meaning of 1000

1870, shortening of kilogram. Slang shortening key (in drug trafficking) is attested from 1968.

word-forming element meaning “one thousand,” introduced in French 1795, when the metric system was officially adopted there, from Greek khilioi “thousand,” of unknown origin.

kilo- pref.
One thousand (103): kilogram.



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