kilometers


noun

  1. a unit of length, the common measure of distances equal to 1000 meters, and equivalent to 3280.8 feet or 0.621 mile. Abbreviation: km
n.

1810, from French kilomètre (1795); see kilo- + meter (n.2). Related: Kilometric.

  1. A unit of length in the metric system equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile). See Table at measurement.

In the metric system, one thousand meters, or about five-eighths of a mile.

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