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 History of this Word

"kilo" is from "khilioi" (thousand) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.


In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word. In computer terminology binary numbers are used where one thousand is 1024.

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grammar is modifier

"kilo-" is a type of prefix


A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "thousand" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

kilo- illustration It will include a 400 kilowatt solar panel.
kilo- illustration A file size is measured in kilobytes (KB).