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

Definition of kiloton

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

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Recent Examples on the Web That’s enough to flatten a city or industrial target: by comparison, the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was just 16 kilotons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 30 Jan. 2020 Current American bombs can range from 50 to 1,200 kilotons, so the explosion would be that much bigger. Fox News, 13 Feb. 2020 The first test, Able, was a 23 kiloton atomic bomb dropped from a B-29 bomber and set to explode at 1,500 to 2,000 feet. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 12 Dec. 2019 The Castle Bravo bomb was exponentially more powerful than previous tests, and had an estimated yield of 15 megatons—or 15,000 kilotons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 12 Dec. 2019 By comparison, the yield of the Hiroshima bomb was just 15 kilotons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 20 May 2019 North Korea’s first nuclear test took place in 2006 and had a estimated yield of .7 to 2 kilotons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 5 June 2019 Earlier this year, it was announced that in late 2018, a space rock had exploded above the Earth's surface with an impact energy of 173 kilotons. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 30 July 2019 The resulting shock wave was as powerful as a 550 kiloton nuclear explosion—and the Tunguska object was probably much larger. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 July 2019 See More

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1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Kiloton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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