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kiloton

[kil-uh-tuhn] /ˈkɪl əˌtʌn/
noun
1.
a unit of weight, equal to 1000 tons.
2.
an explosive force equal to that of 1000 tons of TNT.
Origin of kiloton
1945-1950
1945-50; kilo- + ton1
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  • Jumbo survived the approximately 20 kiloton Trinity blast undamaged, but its supporting 70-foot tall steel tower was flattened.

    Trinity [Atomic Test] Site The National Atomic Museum
  • The 19 kiloton explosion not only led to a quick end to the war in the Pacific but also ushered the world into the atomic age.

    Trinity [Atomic test] Site White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs Office
British Dictionary definitions for kiloton

kiloton

/ˈkɪləʊˌtʌn/
noun
1.
one thousand tons
2.
an explosive power, esp of a nuclear weapon, equal to the power of 1000 tons of TNT
kt
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