giga·​byte ˈji-gə-ˌbīt How to pronounce gigabyte (audio) ˈgi- How to pronounce gigabyte (audio)
: 1024 megabytes or 1,073,741,824 bytes
also : one billion bytes

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This model packs an 11th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, a 256 gigabyte SSD, and 8 gigabytes of RAM. Eric Ravenscraft, WIRED, 27 Nov. 2022 Each node has two gigabyte ethernet ports (one of which serves the main router), along with a USB 2.0 port. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 7 Oct. 2022 Wong, Helium’s COO, said that the price point will be $5 per month for 1 gigabyte of data usage. Leo Schwartz, Fortune, 27 Sep. 2022 Another pair of 8 gigabyte sticks—16 gigabytes total, math is fun—this set is largely the same as the above pair. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, 29 Nov. 2021 Based on our experimentation, a 10 gigabyte file across the U.S. on a typical 100 megabyte per second line would take 10-20 hours. Jay Jian Liu, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 Not only is the cost per gigabyte ridiculously good, but this SSD is also small, extremely portable, and blazing fast. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 12 Feb. 2022 Western Digital said the problem was likely to cause a shortage of at least 6.5 exabytes in flash storage, equivalent to about 100 million of the 64 gigabyte flash memory cards often used for digital-camera storage. Yang Jie, WSJ, 10 Feb. 2022 The per-gigabyte cost of these is higher than average, though this deal narrows the gap. Gear Team, Wired, 30 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gigabyte was in 1975

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“Gigabyte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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giga·​byte -ˌbīt How to pronounce gigabyte (audio)
: 1,073,741,824 bytes

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