kiloton

noun

ki·​lo·​ton ˈki-lə-ˌtən How to pronounce kiloton (audio)
ˈkē-lə-,
 also  -ˌtän
1
: 1000 tons
2
: an explosive force equivalent to that of 1000 tons of TNT

Examples of kiloton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Read more about it in the Foreign Affairs archive. 1951: Nuclear Testing at Nevada Site Begins A one kiloton bomb is dropped on Frenchman Flat, a reservation that serves as a U.S. national security site. Foreign Affairs, 26 Dec. 2016 At the Super-Kamiokande detector, Sullivan says only about 10 neutrinos per day appeared to interact with the 20 kilotons of water. Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 26 Aug. 2010 Shein, for its part, puts out thousands of new styles a day — inconceivable kilotons of cheap, essentially disposable clothes produced in response to the most flitting tremors of consumer demand. Jonah Weiner, New York Times, 3 Mar. 2024 Each of the United States’ 14 Ohio-class submarines carries 20 ballistic missiles, with each missile carrying up to eight warheads, almost all of which have a yield of 90 kilotons or 455 kilotons. Charles L. Glaser, Foreign Affairs, 5 Oct. 2023 Two bombs represent one ton of TNT, or .001 kilotons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 25 July 2023 Oppenheimer’s little Hiroshima bomb had an explosive power of 15 kilotons—or 15 thousand tons of TNT. Jeffrey Kluger, TIME, 29 Jan. 2024 Melin estimates that the United States will have about 80 metric kilotons of Li-ion batteries to recycle in 2030, while Europe will have 132 metric kilotons. IEEE Spectrum, 5 Jan. 2021 The plant will have an eventual capacity of 25 metric kilotons of input material, recovering 95 percent or more of the cobalt, nickel, lithium, and other valuable elements through the company’s zero-wastewater, zero-emissions process. IEEE Spectrum, 5 Jan. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Kiloton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kiloton. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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kiloton

noun
ki·​lo·​ton ˈkil-ə-ˌtən How to pronounce kiloton (audio)
ˈkē-lə-,
 also  -ˌtän
1
: 1000 tons
2
: an explosive force equivalent to that of 1000 tons of TNT

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