kilometer
noun Etymology: French kilomètre, from kilo- + mètre meter Date: 1810 a metric unit or length equal to 1000 meters — see metric system table Usage: In North American speech kilometer is most often pronounced with primary stress on the second syllable. This pronunciation is also heard frequently in British speech. Those who object to second syllable stress say that the first syllable should be stressed in accord with the stress patterns of centimeter, millimeter, etc. However, the pronunciation of kilometer does not parallel that of other metric compounds. From 1828 to 1841 Noah Webster indicated only second syllable stress, and his successor added a first syllable stress variant in the first Merriam-Webster dictionary of 1847. Thus, both pronunciations are venerable. Most scientists use second syllable stress, although first syllable stress seems to occur with a higher rate of frequency among scientists than among nonscientists.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Kilometer — [Aufbauwortschatz (Rating 1500 3200)] Bsp.: • 1 Kilometer = 0,6214 Meilen • Ich wohne 60 Kilometer von München entfernt. • Wie viele Kilometer sind wir heute gefahren? …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • Kilometer — (forkortes km) er en længdeenhed på tusind meter. Kilometer er dannet af SI præfikset kilo betydende tusind og SI enheden meter. Kilometer er en ofte benyttet længdeenhed i forbindelse med større afstande på Jorden især i Europa …   Danske encyklopædi

  • Kilometer — Kil o*me ter, Kilometre Kil o*me tre, n. [F. kilometre. See {Kilogram}, and {Meter}.] A measure of length, being a thousand meters. It is equal to 3,280.84 feet, or 0.62137119 of a mile. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Kilomēter — (abgek. km), Wegmaß, = 1000 m oder = 3186,2 rhein. Fuß = 3078,4 Par. Fuß = 3280,9 engl. Fuß = 0,1347 geogr. Meile. Über die auf das K. sich beziehenden Einheiten im Eisenbahnwesen (Nutz , Achs , Personenkilometer etc.) s. Eisenbahneinheiten und… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Kilometer — Kilometer, Längenmaß im metrischen System = 1000 m …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • Kilometer — Kilomēter (km), die Einheit des Wegemaßes im metrischen Maß und Gewichtssystem zu 1000 m = 0,13.477 geogr. Meile = 3186,2 preuß. Fuß, = 3078,4 Pariser Fuß, = 3280,9 engl. Fuß. 1 Quadrat K. (qkm) = 100 ha = 0,1.816 deutsche Quadratmeile …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • kilometer — (n.) 1810, from Fr. kilomètre (1795); see KILO (Cf. kilo ) + METER (Cf. meter) (n.2). Related: Kilometric …   Etymology dictionary

  • kilometer — (Amer.) n. (Km) unit of distance equalling one thousand meters (also kilometre)kil·o·me·ter || kɪləʊ‚mɪːtÉ™(r) / kɪlÉ’ …   English contemporary dictionary

  • kilometer — [kə läm′ət ər, kil′ə mēt΄ər] n. [Fr kilomètre: see KILO & METER1] one thousand meters (3,280.84 feet or 0.6214 miles): abbrev. km Brit. sp.Brit. kilometre kilometric [kil΄ə me′trik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • kilométer — tra m (ẹ̄) 1. dolžinska mera, 1.000 m: oddaljen je nekaj kilometrov iz mesta; deset kilometrov [km] dolga pot / število prevoženih kilometrov narašča / vozi sto kilometrov na uro / kubični, kvadratni kilometer ∙ pog. avto je požiral kilometre… …   Slovar slovenskega knjižnega jezika

  • Kilometer — Einheit Norm SI Einheitensystem Einheitenname Meter Einheitenzeichen m Beschriebene Größe(n) Länge; Breite; Höhe, Tiefe; Dicke …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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