K

Definitions

Astronomy

  • Category of red/orange stars including Arcturus and Aldebaran, which have a surface temperature in the 3500–5000K region and spectra with large numbers of metal lines. K stars are the coolest apart from the M class.

Economics

  • In economic models, K is commonly used to represent "capital." This is presumably due to the fact that German for capital is kapital, and also the fact the C is more commonly used to represent consumption.
  • symbol forcapital

Electronics

Slang

  • noun one thousand. This abbreviation existed in limited slang usage in the 1970s (based on the k of kilo), but it was its use in computer jargon (to mean a storage capacity of 1,024 bytes) which was first transposed to express sums of money when discussing fees or salaries. It then entered general colloquial use in the 1980s.
  • noun a knighthood, from the initial letter, or that of KBE, KCMG, etc.

Computing

  • symbol forkilo

General Science

  • chemical symbol forKalium

Military

  • symbol forknot(s)
    (written as k)
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