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calorie British & World English

Either of two units of heat energy:

calorie New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

unit of energy needed to heat 1 gram of water by 1°C small calorie, abbreviation cal or 1 kilogram by 1°C large calorie, abbreviation Cal; not now in scientific use

low-calorie British & World English

Denoting or relating to food or a diet that is low or relatively low in calories

high-calorie British & World English

Denoting or relating to food or a diet that is high or relatively high in calories

calorie-controlled British & World English

Denoting or suitable for a diet in which a limit is set on the total number of calories that may be consumed

small calorie in calorie British & World English

The energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water through 1 °C (now usually defined as 4.1868 joules)

large calorie in calorie British & World English

The energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water through 1 °C, equal to one thousand small calories and often used to measure the energy value of foods