calorie

noun
cal·o·rie | \ ˈka-lə-rē , ˈkal-rē \
variants: or less commonly calory
plural calories

Definition of calorie 

1a : the amount of heat required at a pressure of one atmosphere to raise the temperature of one gram of water one degree Celsius that is equal to about 4.19 joules abbreviation cal

called also gram calorie, small calorie

b : the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water one degree Celsius : 1000 gram calories or 3.968 Btu abbreviation Cal

called also large calorie

2a : a unit equivalent to the large calorie expressing heat-producing or energy-producing value in food when oxidized in the body

b : an amount of food having an energy-producing value of one large calorie

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The drinks have no artificial flavors or extracts and are low in calories. sandiegouniontribune.com, "Suja offers line of kombucha drinks," 11 July 2018 The beverage is also low in calories and has no preservatives. Emily Price, Fortune, "This Non-Alcoholic Water Tastes Like Wine," 9 July 2018 Prioritize weight-efficient foods, like jerky and cheese, which carry about 120 calories per ounce. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How To Eat Well When You're Camping," 26 June 2018 The herring is a little bit higher in calories and fat, so that’s their main energy provider. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "What do a sommelier, a Bears lineman and a penguin eat for lunch?," 26 Apr. 2018 Aqua Zumba Classes Come enjoy this Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness party. 9 a.m. Driftwood Park pool, 3000 N. 69th Ave, Hollywood. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Absenteeism forces those who show up to work extra hours and burn precious calories. Fabiola Zerpa, Bloomberg.com, "Hungry Venezuelan Workers Are Collapsing. So Is the Oil Industry," 22 Feb. 2018 That all adds up -- almost a quarter of the study participants consumed almost 1,300 calories per week. Maritza Moulite, CNN, "Why eating at work can add on the pounds," 12 June 2018 As the Washington Post reports, the move is prompted by new recommendations from Public Health England that say British adults should be consuming only 400 calories at breakfast and 600 for lunch and dinner. Anne Branigin, The Root, "What the Cluck? KFC Is Testing Out Faux Fried Chicken in the UK," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of calorie

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for calorie

French calorie, from Latin calor heat, from calēre to be warm — more at lee

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The first known use of calorie was in 1866

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calorie

noun

English Language Learners Definition of calorie

: a unit of heat used to indicate the amount of energy that foods will produce in the human body

calorie

noun
cal·o·rie | \ ˈka-lə-rē , ˈkal-rē \

Kids Definition of calorie

1 : a unit for measuring heat equal to the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one gram of water one degree Celsius

2 : a unit of heat used to indicate the amount of energy foods produce in the human body that is equal to 1000 calories

calorie

noun
cal·o·rie
variants: also calory \ˈkal-(ə-)rē \
plural calories

Medical Definition of calorie 

1a : the amount of heat required at a pressure of one atmosphere to raise the temperature of one gram of water one degree Celsius that is equal to about 4.19 joules abbreviation cal

called also gram calorie, small calorie

b : the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water one degree Celsius that is equal to 1000 gram calories or 3.968 Btu abbreviation Cal

called also kilocalorie, kilogram calorie, large calorie

2a : a unit equivalent to the large calorie expressing heat-producing or energy-producing value in food when oxidized in the body

b : an amount of food having an energy-producing value of one large calorie

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