ki·​lo·​ton | \ ˈki-lə-ˌtən also -ˌtän How to pronounce kiloton (audio) \

Definition of kiloton

1 : 1000 tons
2 : an explosive force equivalent to that of 1000 tons of TNT

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In 2017, the US military bought about 269,230 barrels of oil a day and emitted more than 25,000 kilotons of carbon dioxide by burning those fuels. Benjamin Neimark, Quartz, "The US military is a bigger polluter than more than 100 countries combined," 28 June 2019 The explosive yield of nuclear weapon is typically measured in kilotons, or thousand tons of TNT. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What If We Blew Up All The World’s Nukes at Once?," 1 Apr. 2019 The warhead’s explosive yield is said to be 2 megatons, or 2,000 kilotons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Releases Test Video of Poseidon Nuclear Attack Drone," 22 Feb. 2019 By comparison, the Hiroshima bomb was approximately 16 kilotons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Releases Test Video of Poseidon Nuclear Attack Drone," 22 Feb. 2019 The total volume of aluminum products exported from the EU to the U.S. rose 8% to 353 kilotons in 2017, representing an approximate value of €1.2 billion, according to Eurostat. Bob Tita, WSJ, "Foreign Aluminum Producers Shake Off U.S. Tariffs," 26 Oct. 2018 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

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1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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