mega·​bit ˈme-gə-ˌbit How to pronounce megabit (audio)
: one million bits

Examples of megabit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The designers of Ethernet had wisely chosen a sweet spot among the tradeoffs: 10 megabits per second and a length of 1,500 meters. IEEE Spectrum, 7 Apr. 2024 The definition of high-speed home internet has not been updated since 2015, when the FCC set the threshold at a minimum download speed of 25 megabits per second and a minimum upload speed of 3 megabits per second. Brian Fung, CNN, 14 Mar. 2024 More than 350 megabits of data have already been downloaded. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Feb. 2024 Straight Talk delivered speeds of 279 megabits per second — similar to my Verizon connection, which delivered download speeds of 287 megabits per second. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2023 Following on the 600 megabits per second offered by Wi-Fi 6 (released in 2019) and support of a third wireless band (6 gigahertz) in Wi-Fi 6E (released in 2020), Wi-Fi 7 aims to up wireless speeds again by supporting up to 40 gigabits per second. IEEE Spectrum, 29 Dec. 2022 Average worldwide Wi-Fi speeds, which were 10 megabits per second in 2014, will nearly double by 2018. IEEE Spectrum, 31 Aug. 2015 Roughly 11 megabits of bandwidth is usable but far from ideal. PCMAG, 22 Jan. 2024 Traveling at the speed of light, the video signal took 101 seconds to reach Earth, sent at the system’s maximum bit rate of 267 megabits per second, NASA said. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 30 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of megabit was in 1956

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“Megabit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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mega·​bit ˈmeg-ə-ˌbit How to pronounce megabit (audio)
: one million bits
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