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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n kilometer a metric unit of length equal to 1000 meters (or 0.621371 miles)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some dolphins can swim up to 40 kilometers an hour
    • n Kilometer A measure of length, being a thousand meters. It is equal to 3,280.84 feet, or 0.62137119 of a mile.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Flamingos are able to fly at a speed of approximately 55 kilometers an hour. In one night they can travel about 600 km
    • n kilometer A length of 1,000 meters, or of a statute mile less 19 feet 2 inches. Abbreviated km.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. kilometre,. See Kilogram, and Meter


In literature:

The map showed only three kilometers ahead the main highway to the city they were headed for.
"The Stars & Stripes, Vol 1, No 1, February 8, 1918" by American Expeditionary Forces
Its distance is 64 trillion kilometers (39-1/2 trillion miles).
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
It has two hundred and forty-seven inhabitants for each square kilometer.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
In the meanwhile I beg you to consider that you are but fifty kilometers from your destination.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
LIU: Traiti unit of distance, 2.58 kilometers (1.59 miles).
"Concordance" by Ann Wilson
Thark's home was ten kilometers north of the capital city, MacLeod's Landing.
"A Matter of Honor" by Ann Wilson
He kept the car on low power, traveling slowly, until he was almost a kilometer away, then went to normal power and sped up.
"Hostage" by Ann Wilson
Water supply reports covered nearly 15,000 square kilometers.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
We were beginning to think and calculate now in kilometers.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
Men and horses sank to their hips in the snow, and so we worked our way forward, usually only about two kilometers an hour.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
Enormous losses were sustained, but the Russians were enabled to make a breach some kilometers wide in the Austrian line.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
The territory they had reconquered from the invaders represented an area of about forty square kilometers.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
He has covered a total distance of 6,500 kilometers over the enemy's soil, while I have covered 3,400.
"An Aviator's Field Book" by Oswald Bölcke
From this point of view, thousands of square kilometers of fertile land could be reclaimed in Germany for agriculture.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
A pleasure city within a hundred kilometers of Dorn.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
It was some fifty-five kilometers back to Vitry, but with a good tail wind he made it in quick time.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
The Kremlin walls are more then two kilometers long.
"Combat" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Still it grew in Ellen's eyes, kilometer by kilometer of approach.
"Industrial Revolution" by Poul William Anderson
I've a noon appointment with the bishop, and I've a good twelve kilometers to travel.
"Rastignac the Devil" by Philip José Farmer
The wave advanced along a front of nearly a hundred kilometers.
"Pierre and Luce" by Romain Rolland

In news:

Iraqi women walk through the scene of an explosion in a busy commercial area in Hillah, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Nov 29, 2012.
Rusty chimneys stand in an abandoned factory in the industrial zone of Komotini about 800 kilometers (500 miles) northeast of Athens, on Friday, May 25, 2012.
South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told reporters Thursday that the satellite is orbiting at a speed of 7.6 kilometers (4.7 miles) per second but it's not known what mission it is performing.
Sankawi said overnight, some 30 Iraqi government tanks took up positions some 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Kirkuk.
In this Sept 11, 2012 photo, mining site personnel walk by a Whitehaven Coal mine near Gunnedah, Australia, 450 kilometers (280 miles) northwest of Sydney.
The official said the rockets found near the south Lebanon village of Halta were set up about four kilometers (2.5 miles) away from the Lebanon -Israel border.
The official says the rockets found Monday near the village of Halta were placed about four kilometers (2.5 miles) away from the Lebanon -Israel border and were equipped with timers.
Ledbetter ran the five-kilometer race in 18:26.
Enlarge The Associated Press Rescuers work at the crash site of Russian Yak-42 jet near the city of Yaroslavl, on the Volga River about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Sept 7, 2011.
Foes of US Measurement Go the Extra 1.6 Kilometers for Their Cause.
The strike occurred in Saraswati, some 200 kilometers from the capital of Dhaka.
That was the difference in Saturday's Cherish Life 10-Kilometer race.
State Police are on scene following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. About 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of New York City, Friday, Dec 14, 2012.
A Palestinian state would mean an 'Iranian outpost a few kilometers from the center of the country.'.
Clashes also broke out in the town of Nagaa Hammadi, 460 kilometers (290 miles) south of Cairo.

In science:

Square Kilometer Array (SKA) will be developed.
Searches for Giant Pulses from Extragalactic Pulsars
Only once the particle has grown to kilometer size this radial drift stops because the friction has decreased sufficiently.
Dust coagulation in protoplanetary disks: a rapid depletion of small grains
We assume that instances are given as facts of the form restaurant(res, d) representing a restaurant uniquely named res at kilometer d of the highway.
Design and Implementation of Aggregate Functions in the DLV System
In kilometer-scale GW detectors, this would correspond to a factor of 1.443 = 3.0 increase in detection rate for isotropically distributed GW sources.
A Quantum-Enhanced Prototype Gravitational-Wave Detector
Moreover, in the kilometer-scale detectors, the long Fabry-Perot cavities act as optical filters to mitigate laser noise in the GW band .
A Quantum-Enhanced Prototype Gravitational-Wave Detector
We quantitatively address whether IceCube, a kilometer-scale neutrino detector under construction at the South Pole, can observe neutrinos pointing back at the accelerators of the Galactic cosmic rays.
Prospects for identifying the sources of the Galactic cosmic rays with IceCube
The effect of these interactions becomes negligible beyond the first few hundred kilometers, when the neutrino densities become much lower.
Effect of Collective Flavor Oscillations on the Diffuse Supernova Neutrino Background
Eventually, beyond a few hundred kilometers, the neutrino-neutrino interaction energy becomes negligible, and collective effects cease to be important.
Effect of Collective Flavor Oscillations on the Diffuse Supernova Neutrino Background
In order to detect these neutrinos over the background an event rate of 10-100 events per square-kilometer per year is required.
Dark Matter and LHC: What is the Connection?
However, for kilometer-scale neutrino telescopes for signal to be detectable the spin-independent cross section for the WIMP-nucleon scattering must be at least 10−6 pb, which is already ruled out by Xenon and CDMS .
Dark Matter and LHC: What is the Connection?
Such a millimeter-sized cell powered, for instance, by a minute DFB laser diode with a typical output power of ∼ 20 mW will allow to detect trace gases at a sensitivity level, which can be attained by the absorption-probing spectroscopy techniques along optical paths of some kilometers.
Small-Size Resonant Photoacoustic Cell of Inclined Geometry for Gas Detection
Prospects are improved by better individual distances as may be achievable with the VSOP-2 space-VLBI mission and larger target samples made accessible by the Square Kilometer Array (Greenhill 2004; Morganti et al.
Discovery of Candidate H$_2$O Disk Masers in AGN and Estimations of Centripetal Accelerations
Greenhill, L. J. 2004, in Science with the Square Kilometer Array, ed. C.
Discovery of Candidate H$_2$O Disk Masers in AGN and Estimations of Centripetal Accelerations
Morganti, R., Greenhill, L. J., Peck, A. B., Jones, D. L., & Henkel, C. 2004, in Science with the Square Kilometer Array, ed. C.
Discovery of Candidate H$_2$O Disk Masers in AGN and Estimations of Centripetal Accelerations
There is presently a project for the construction of a next-generation radio telescope array that will have a total effective collecting area of 1 km2 (with sensitivity at the frequencies 100 MHz to 25 GHz), the so called Square Kilometer Array (SKA).
Cosmic Magnetic Fields: from Stars and Galaxies to the Primordial Universe