kilo-

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French, kilo- irregularly derived from χίλιοι (chilioi ) "one thousand". The "correct" form would be chili-, resulting in forms such as chiliasm. But the French, when creating the prefix had to avoid a possible (standard) pronunciation of chi as IPA(key): /ʃi/, too close to the vulgar verb chier.

Prefix[edit]

SI prefix
k
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kilo-

  1. In the International System of Units and other metric systems of units, multiplying the unit to which it is attached by 1,000. Symbol: k
  2. (computing) Multiplying the unit to which it is attached by 210 (1024)

Usage notes[edit]

  • The usage of kilo as a 1024x multiplier in computing is considered obsolete.[1] See kibi-.

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Catalan[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French kilo-, from Ancient Greek χίλιοι (khílioi, thousand).

Prefix[edit]

kilo-

  1. kilo- (SI prefix expressing 103 of the base unit)

Usage notes[edit]

The letter k is not normally used in Catalan. Instead, Catalan orthography calls for using the qu digraph to represent the /k/ sound before an e or an i. Therefor, when the metric system was introduced into Catalan, the prefix kilo- was originally spelled quilo-. With the advent of k as a standard international abbreviation, usage of kilo- has become not only acceptable, but also more common than the traditional spelling. However, traditionalists still insist upon the use of quilo-.


Finnish[edit]

Prefix[edit]

kilo-

  1. kilo-

French[edit]

Prefix[edit]

kilo-

  1. kilo-

Hungarian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkilo/
  • Hyphenation: ki‧lo

Prefix[edit]

kilo-

  1. kilo-
    méter (meter) → kilométer (kilometer)

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Italian[edit]

Prefix[edit]

kilo-

  1. (sciences) kilo-

Synonyms[edit]

  • chilo- (in more general usage)