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A kilometre (American spelling: kilometer) (symbol: km) is a unit of length equal to 1000 metres (from the Greek words khilia=thousand and metro=count/measure). It is approximately equal to 0.621 miles, 1094 yards or 3281 feet.

Slang terms for kilometre include "klick" (sometimes spelt "click" or "klik" ) and "kay". All these slang terms can also refer to kilometres per hour.

In unicode, it is represented as ㎞ for use limited to some Oriental syllabaries. A square kilometre is represented as ㎢. A cubic kilometre is represented as ㎦.

hectometre << kilometre << megametre

See also

External links

  • Conversions of English and American length units to metric units
  • Length conversions millimetres and micrometres to metres - prefixes

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