gigabyte

noun
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

Examples of gigabyte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Start with price, $669; add double the storage of the iPhone 11 (128 gigabytes to 64 GB); a dedicated pop-up selfie cam, offering higher resolution group photos; and three main cameras, a super wide (17 mm), normal (25mm) and 3X telephoto (73mm). Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Don't want an iPhone? Here are some alternatives you can get for less," 11 Sep. 2019 The price of 1 gigabyte of mobile data plunged from 206 rupees ($3) in 2016 to 12 rupees (17 cents) in 2018 as a result, allowing hundreds of millions of Indians to experience the internet for the first time. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "India's richest man is offering free TVs with his new internet service," 6 Sep. 2019 According to its creators, the new bot uses less than 128 gigabytes of memory while playing, and ran on two chips. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "Computers Can Now Bluff Like a Poker Champ. Better, Actually.," 11 July 2019 Euclid will gather 170 million gigabytes of data about billions of galaxies, slicing the universe at different epochs and tracking its evolution under dark influences. Quanta Magazine, "An Italian Cosmologist Who Wanders in Dante’s Dark Wood," 13 Nov. 2018 The penalty for exceeding that cap is $10 for every additional 50 gigabytes. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "AT&T rolls out new online TV service in three Texas cities," 19 Aug. 2019 Any Wi-Fi enabled device can access it, and the device can store hundreds of gigabytes of data, stream movies or music, or smuggle encrypted files across international borders. Wired, "An Unprecedented iPhone Hack, a Wi-Fi Leg Implant, and More News," 30 Aug. 2019 Many were listed as being dozens of gigabytes, indicating a huge mass of files. Kevin Collier, CNN, "Alleged Capital One hacker may have hit other targets," 30 July 2019 Mueller concluded that hackers from Russia’s military intelligence agency, known as the GRU, attacked Democratic targets in spring 2016 and removed hundreds of gigabytes of information. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "A deeper look at Assange’s operation inside Ecuadorian Embassy," 15 July 2019

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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gigabyte

noun
How to pronounce gigabyte (audio) How to pronounce gigabyte (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of gigabyte

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

gigabyte

noun
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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