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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These are actually sugar substitutes that are used in many low-calorie or sugar-free food items. Korin Miller, SELF, "4 Signs You Might Be Allergic to Sugar," 24 Dec. 2018 The company has been aiming to cut sugar from its products and diversify beyond soda as more countries implement taxes on high-calorie beverages to combat rising rates of obesity and diabetes, and as consumers switch to healthier beverages. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Coca-Cola Gets Lift From a Perennial Laggard: Diet Coke," 30 Oct. 2018 At the time, Kinnaird also worked a high-stress job with frequent traveling, which meant lots of high-calorie restaurant meals. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "The Simple Diet Change That Helped One Woman Get Her Diabetes Under Control," 15 Oct. 2018 If McKillop and Aoyama are correct, the Maya join a long list of civilizations that relied on trade in salted fish to provide a storable, high-calorie food source in times of famine. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Small Mayan saltworks could have supplied thousands, preserved food," 9 Oct. 2018 Per serving: 530 calories, 20 grams fat, 5 grams saturated fat, 135 mg cholesterol, 170 mg sodium, 52 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams dietary fiber, 5 grams sugar, and 30 grams protein. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Basic meatball mixture delivers comfort in 30 minutes," 14 Mar. 2018 It's followed up by other stats including calories burned, distance traveled, latest workout recorded, and running plans beneath it. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Huawei Watch GT review: When hardware and software don’t mesh," 16 Dec. 2018 To work off the food-tour calories, consider a bike tour. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Specialized tours enrich travel," 14 Nov. 2018 Rather than feasting on, say, a plate of catfish in the years before his death, Burial 7/I might have spooned up calorie-rich porridge, a mix of cereals and goat’s milk. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 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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