ki·​lo·​bit | \ ˈkē-lə-ˌbit How to pronounce kilobit (audio) , ˈki-lə- \

Definition of kilobit

1 : 1000 bits
2 : 1024 bits

Examples of kilobit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers were able to send 72 kilobits of data per second—or the equivalent of 4,600 characters per second. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Quantum Communication Could Make U.S. Subs Even More Deadly," 22 Apr. 2020 Many countries on the continent still have bandwidth as low as 64 kilobits. Clement Prince Addo, Quartz Africa, "This is how we cut the price of internet access in African countries," 18 Dec. 2019 Consumers, sending emails from home, were just getting used to the squealing and squawking sounds of the latest 56 kbps (kilobits per second) dial-up modems. Wired, "How Wi-Fi Almost Didn’t Happen," 12 Sep. 2019 In July last year, Alberto Boaron of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and colleagues reported distributing secret keys using QKD over a record distance of more than 400 kilometers of optical fiber, at 6.5 kilobits per second. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time," 19 June 2019 What Young and his team have built in to share with archive visitors is the streaming rate at which songs are played back, numbers that are markedly higher than the standard streaming speed of 320 kilobits per second. Randy Lewis,, "Neil Young fights for quality streaming with career-spanning online archive," 14 Feb. 2018 As Stephanie Pappas at LiveScience reports, after snapping an image and storing it on its hard drive, New Horizons sends its data back on an antenna that transmits at only 12 watts, moving data at a snail’s pace—only two kilobits per second. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "New Horizons Snaps Farthest Image Ever Taken From Earth," 12 Feb. 2018 Many customers stuck with much slower speeds Even 10Mbps download speeds would be welcome to customers in AT&T territory who get DSL service measured in the kilobits or none at all. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "AT&T’s wireless home Internet, with 160GB cap, is now in 18 states," 28 Sep. 2017 Unfortunately, many people in AT&T's traditional territory are still stuck with DSL Internet measured in the kilobits per second or no Internet at all. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "AT&T brings 500Mbps home Internet to cities outside its territory," 23 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of kilobit

1961, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Kilobit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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