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The SI unit of mass, equivalent to the international standard kept at Sèvres near Paris (approximately 2.205 lb).
‘Progress can be slow; you measure it in inches and feet, not miles or kilograms.’
‘And did you know…… that full braking requires the brake pedal to be actuated with a force equivalent to 80 kilogrammes?’
‘A newton has a mass unit of kilograms and an acceleration unit of meters squared per second.’
‘Did you know that the athletes taking part will eat 25,000 kilogrammes of cheese, more than 10,000 kilogrammes of pasta, and a hundred kilogrammes of garlic.’
‘The top farms are more heavily stocked and therefore produce more kilograms of liveweight per hectare.’
‘The missiles are filled with volatile rocket fuel and two hundred kilograms of high explosives.’
‘Obesity, which is a risk factor for chronic diseases like diabetes, is calculated using the body mass index dividing weight in kilogrammes by height in metres.’
‘Their opinion is no more valid than it would be if they declared pounds henceforth equivalent to kilograms.’
‘Bunches vary hugely in size depending on that year's fruit set and vine variety, from a few grams to many kilograms.’
‘Birth weight was recorded in pounds and ounces and converted into kilograms.’
‘Rose attar is the costliest since a hundred kilograms of roses yield only two grams of attar.’
‘A liter is a cube one-tenth of a meter across, and a kilogram is the weight of one liter of water.’
‘By trading in imperial measures (pounds and ounces), he was apparently contravening legislation that came into being on 1 January which made the kilogramme the standard unit measurement of weight for loose goods in Britain.’
‘One kilogram of freshly grated cassava yields approximately 400 grams of cassava meal.’
‘These systems would send tens or hundreds of kilograms instead of tons into orbit per launch.’
‘About four kilograms of pounded sorghum and eight kilograms of brown sugar are added to one hundred liters of water.’
‘Weight was measured to the nearest kilogram using a portable bathroom scale.’
‘Take your weight in kilograms and divide it by your height in metres squared.’
‘A person's BMI is calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by height in meters squared.’
‘To study obesity we use body mass index or weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in meters.’
Origin
Late 18th century: from French kilogramme (see kilo-, gram).