Definition of kilometer in English:

kilometer

(British kilometre) (also km)

noun

  • A metric unit of measurement equal to 1,000 meters (approximately 0.62 miles)

    • ‘Families then move a few miles or kilometers away to an area richer in resources.’
    • ‘In the prairies where they live, they can be seen for a kilometer and a half (nearly a mile).’
    • ‘It seems to me like if it takes more kilometers to make a mile, then it should take more kilograms to make a pound.’
    • ‘People drive in kilometers, fill their gas tanks by litres and heat their homes in degrees centigrade.’
    • ‘This is typically displayed in minutes per mile or minutes per kilometer.’
    • ‘A meter is about three feet and three inches and a kilometer equals about six tenths of a mile.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The scale of alteration can vary in extent from less than a centimetre to many tens of kilometres.’
    • ‘Next we will be having our speedometers changed from miles per hour to kilometres per hour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Selecting kilometres will give you a countdown in metres - you can't have a mixture of both.’
    • ‘The hole it would leave would be two kilometres long and one kilometre wide.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Easier, but not easy, and still only around a billionth of a millimetre over five million kilometres.’
    • ‘The appellant was informed that he had been clocked at 97 kilometers in a 50 kilometer per hour zone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Islands of ice kilometers long and up to two metres thick are common here.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is one kilometre wide by a kilometre and a half long and the chicks are protected from predators by electrified wire fencing.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from French kilomètre (see kilo-, meter).

Pronunciation:

kilometer

/kəˈlämədər/