Definition of kilogram
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 : a unit of force or weight equal to the weight of a kilogram mass under a gravitational attraction equal to that of the earth
Recent Examples of kilogram from the Web
The group faces charges including conspiracy to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana, money laundering and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the news release.
Robert Francis Kelly, 56, was sentenced to prison for possessing approximately 15 kilograms of cocaine with the intent to distribute, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Alabama.
So far, the company's steerable balloons, which measure about 30 meters across, can't carry more than 50 kilograms.
Two Elgin men who arranged to sell a kilogram of cocaine to undercover officers instead tried to sell the officers pancake mix packaged to look like the drug, Elgin police said.
More: LMPD finds 3 kilograms of heroin in the walls of Highlands home When the victim confronted the intruder, the arrest citation states that Marshall shot him in the foot.
He's charged with conspiracy to distribute andpossession with intent to distribute at least 700 kilograms (over 1,540 pounds) of marijuana, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday.
Louisville Metro Police Department said that the narcotics unit found more than three kilograms of heroin on Monday during a drug bust in the Highlands.
That’s weight (measured in kilograms) divided by height (measured in meters) squared.
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Did You Know?
The original concept of the kilogram, as the mass of a cubic decimeter of water (a bit more than a quart), was adopted as the base unit of mass by the new revolutionary government of France in 1793. In 1875, in the Treaty of the Meter, 17 countries, including the U.S., adopted the French kilogram as an international standard. In 1889 a new international standard for the kilogram, a metal bar made of platinum iridium, was agreed to; President Benjamin Harrison officially received the 1-kilogram cylinder for the U.S. in 1890. But no one uses that bar very often; for all practical purposes, a kilogram equals 2.2 pounds.
Origin and Etymology of kilogram
French kilogramme, from kilo- + gramme gram
First Known Use: 1797See Words from the same year
KILOGRAM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of kilogram for English Language Learners
: a unit of weight equal to 1,000 grams
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Definition of kilogram for Students
: a metric unit of weight equal to 1000 grams
Medical Definition of kilogram
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: a unit of force equal to the weight of a kilogram mass under a gravitational attraction equal to that of the earth
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