One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A metric unit of measurement equal to 1,000 meters (approximately 0.62 miles).
- ‘The scale of alteration can vary in extent from less than a centimetre to many tens of kilometres.’
- ‘It is one kilometre wide by a kilometre and a half long and the chicks are protected from predators by electrified wire fencing.’
- ‘It seems to me like if it takes more kilometers to make a mile, then it should take more kilograms to make a pound.’
- ‘Next we will be having our speedometers changed from miles per hour to kilometres per hour.’
- ‘As with metres and kilometres, we need some new units, or we'd need a lot of zeroes!’
- ‘It ought to be pointed out that calculating passenger kilometres is an inexact science.’
- ‘This is typically displayed in minutes per mile or minutes per kilometer.’
- ‘They will move around about a quarter of a kilometre an hour and if you measure their rate of moving, they have small home ranges.’
- ‘Families then move a few miles or kilometers away to an area richer in resources.’
- ‘The event consisted of a five and ten kilometre run and walk as well as a one kilometre for the very young, the old and the not so fit.’
- ‘Islands of ice kilometers long and up to two metres thick are common here.’
- ‘What he calls a crack is more like a canyon, at least 300 metres deep up to a kilometre long yet only a metre wide.’
- ‘People drive in kilometers, fill their gas tanks by litres and heat their homes in degrees centigrade.’
- ‘A meter is about three feet and three inches and a kilometer equals about six tenths of a mile.’
- ‘Once in a while, the funnel of air drops from the sky - it can be as narrow as a few metres across or as wide as two kilometres.’
- ‘The hole it would leave would be two kilometres long and one kilometre wide.’
- ‘Easier, but not easy, and still only around a billionth of a millimetre over five million kilometres.’
- ‘In the prairies where they live, they can be seen for a kilometer and a half (nearly a mile).’
- ‘The appellant was informed that he had been clocked at 97 kilometers in a 50 kilometer per hour zone.’
- ‘Selecting kilometres will give you a countdown in metres - you can't have a mixture of both.’
Late 18th century: from French kilomètre (see kilo-, metre).
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