giga·​byte | \ ˈji-gə-ˌbīt How to pronounce gigabyte (audio) , ˈgi- How to pronounce gigabyte (audio) \

Definition of gigabyte

: 1024 megabytes or 1,073,741,824 bytes also : one billion bytes

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Recent Examples on the Web To download a high-definition movie with 4 gigabytes of data would take about 23 minutes at the speeds defined as broadband in rural America, according to the Download Time Calculator. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "5G technology could widen the digital divide in rural Colorado," 29 Dec. 2019 This version also comes with 32 gigabytes of storage, which is enough to hold tens of thousands of books. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, "Here's Every Good Prime Day Deal on Amazon Devices," 15 July 2019 More Samsung said the base model of the Galaxy Note 9, with 128 gigabytes of memory, would be priced at $999.99 in the U.S., and a 512-gigabyte version would cost $1,249.99. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "Samsung Introduces Galaxy Note 9, a Smartphone Strikingly Like Its Predecessor," 9 Aug. 2018 Standard-definition video streaming on Netflix typically uses one gigabyte of data per hour. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 30 Dec. 2019 In fact, buyers can try out the Wi-Fi hotspot free for the first six months or first two gigabytes of data. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "2020 Mazda CX-30 delivers premium panache at affordable price," 13 Dec. 2019 To increase the computer’s RAM memory from 32 gigabytes to 1.5 terabytes is $25,000 extra, the main reason the price can exceed $52,000. Mark Gurman / Bloomberg, Time, "'Fully Loaded,' Apple’s New Desktop Mac Pro Costs Over $52,000 — and Don't Forget the $400 Wheels," 11 Dec. 2019 That would lock in some of the companies low-cost plans, such as T-Mobile's $15-per-month prepaid plan that will include 2 gigabytes of mobile data, which the company announced last week. Brian Fung, CNN, "T-Mobile and Sprint head to court to defend their merger," 9 Dec. 2019 The Pixel 4 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip with 6 gigabytes of RAM. Wired, "How to Pick the Right Pixel 4 and Where to Preorder It," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of gigabyte

1975, in the meaning defined above

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“Gigabyte.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gigabyte

: a unit of computer information equal to 1,073,741,824 bytes


giga·​byte | \ ˈji-gə-ˌbīt How to pronounce gigabyte (audio) , ˈgi- \

Kids Definition of gigabyte

: a unit of computer information storage capacity equal to 1,073,741,824 bytes

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