calorie

noun
cal·​o·​rie | \ ˈka-lə-rē How to pronounce calorie (audio) , 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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Unlike decades ago, when a can of soda was a special treat, today our kids and teens regularly consume sugary beverages that have little nutritional value and high calories, and are a link to Type 2 diabetes and obesity. BostonGlobe.com, "Should Massachusetts impose an excise tax on sugary drinks?," 28 June 2019 The organization estimated 237 tons of carbon dioxide emissions were avoided while 34.1 million calories were burned. John Meyer, The Know, "Bike to Work Day: More than 31,000 riders burned more than 34 million calories," 28 June 2019 What experts are sounding the alarm on is the foods and beverages that offer sugar (and calories) in high concentrations, and not much else. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Much Do You Really Need to Worry About Sugar?," 27 June 2019 These are only suitable for people avoiding gluten for non-medical reasons, say, to cut calories. Brierley Horton, Health.com, "8 Best Gluten-Free Beers You'll Want to Stock Up On," 27 June 2019 At first glance, most of the equipment seems typical — weight machines that isolate muscle groups and cardio machines that manage wellness through calorie burning and increased heart rates. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The new YMCA Wellness Center in New Berlin aims to help older active adults with healthy living," 24 June 2019 The Thermoelectric charging system also allows the watch to accurately measure calories. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "All the Coolest New Gear From Outdoor Retailer 2019," 21 June 2019 That’s 318 calories apiece for of six servings, 239 for eight. Daniel Neman, Twin Cities, "Four recipes to celebrate the in-season, in-the-moment kale," 20 June 2019 That's why a new approach to weight loss advocates the exact opposite of severely limiting calories, doling out carbs, or fasting intermittently. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the Satiating Diet and Will It Help You Lose Weight? Here's What an R.D. Thinks," 20 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce calorie (audio) , 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 How to pronounce calory (audio) \
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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