ki·​lo·​ton | \ˈki-lə-ˌtən also -ˌtän \

Definition of kiloton 

1 : 1000 tons

2 : an explosive force equivalent to that of 1000 tons of TNT

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In 2015, the United States was responsible for a sixth of the world's emissions, releasing 5.1 million kilotons of carbon dioxide. Susmita Baral, Teen Vogue, "Trump and the Paris Climate Change Agreement, Explained," 2 Aug. 2018 Hiroshima, by way of comparison, had an explosive yield of 16 kilotons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Moscow’s Defender: Russia Tests Modernized Ballistic Missile," 21 Feb. 2018 By comparison, the warheads the U.S. military dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945 exploded with about 15 and 20 kilotons of force, respectively. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, "Trump poised to get new low-yield nuclear weapons," 13 June 2018 What would happen if a ten-kiloton terrorist bomb were detonated in Times Square. 1. Daily Intelligencer, "This Is What a Nuclear Bomb Looks Like," 12 June 2018 The yield of the bomb was estimated at more than 100 kilotons of TNT, at least 10 times stronger than anything the North had tested previously. Christopher Bodeen, Fox News, "Geologists say North Korea's nuclear test site has collapsed," 26 Apr. 2018 These nuclear powered submarines each carry sixteen Bulava submarine launched ballistic missiles, each with a range of 5,800 miles and armed with six 150 kiloton nuclear warheads. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Here Are All the Submarines of the Russian Navy in One Infographic," 19 Apr. 2018 In comparison, the American nuclear bomb detonated over Hiroshima in 1945 had a yield of about 15 kilotons of energy. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "North Korea expected to close nuclear test site, despite squabbles," 24 May 2018 In comparison, the American nuclear bomb detonated over Hiroshima in 1945 had a yield of about 15 kilotons of energy. Anna Fifield, Anchorage Daily News, "North Korea declares its nuclear test site closed after a ‘huge explosion’," 24 May 2018

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1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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