kilo-

kilo-

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 ).

Origin:
< French, representing Greek chī́lioi a thousand

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kilo-
 
prefix
1.  k denoting 10³ (1000): kilometre
2.  (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
 
[from French, from Greek khilioi thousand]

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

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kilo-  
  1. A prefix that means:

  2. One thousand, as in kilowatt, one thousand watts.

  3. 210 (that is, 1,024), which is the power of 2 closest to 1,000, as in kilobyte.


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kilo-

pref. [SI] See quantifiers.
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kilo- definition


prefix

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