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kilogram

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noun ki·lo·gram \-ˌgram\

Simple Definition of kilogram

  • : a unit of weight equal to 1,000 grams

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of kilogram

  1. 1 :  the base unit of mass in the International System of Units that is equal to the mass of a prototype agreed upon by international convention and that is nearly equal to the mass of 1000 cubic centimeters of water at the temperature of its maximum density — see metric system table

  2. 2 :  a unit of force or weight equal to the weight of a kilogram mass under a gravitational attraction equal to that of the earth

Origin and Etymology of kilogram

French kilogramme, from kilo- + gramme gram


First Known Use: 1797


KILOGRAM Defined for Kids

kilogram

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noun ki·lo·gram \ˈki-lə-ˌgram\

Definition of kilogram for Students

  1. :  a metric unit of weight equal to 1000 grams




Medical Dictionary

kilogram

noun ki·lo·gram

Medical Definition of kilogram

  1. 1:  the base unit of mass in the International System of Units that is equal to the mass of a prototype agreed upon by international convention and that is nearly equal to the mass of 1000 cubic centimeters of water at the temperature of its maximum density

  2. 2:  a unit of force equal to the weight of a kilogram mass under a gravitational attraction equal to that of the earth



Variants of kilogram

or chiefly British

kilogramme

\ˈkil-ə-ˌgram, ˈkē-lə-\play play


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