megabyte

noun
mega·​byte | \ ˈme-gə-ˌbīt How to pronounce megabyte (audio) \

Definition of megabyte

: 1024 kilobytes or 1,048,576 bytes also : one million bytes

Examples of megabyte in a Sentence

The CD has a storage capacity of 800 megabytes.
Recent Examples on the Web According to figures collected by John McCallum, a computer scientist, a megabyte of data storage in 1956 would have cost around $9,200 ($85,000 in today’s prices). The Economist, "Drastic falls in cost are powering another computer revolution," 12 Sep. 2019 To be sure, the phone’s 4G speed was still mighty fast, up to 117 megabytes. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "These Providence 5G cellphone speeds are almost hot to handle," 14 Aug. 2019 In the 1980s, public keys based on lattices were too long, requiring megabytes of data to transmit. Quanta Magazine, "A Tricky Path to Quantum-Safe Encryption," 8 Sep. 2015 With projects like Android Go focusing on squeezing every megabyte out of cheap devices with only 8GB of internal storage, app bundles and dynamic delivery would be a huge boon. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android 9 Pie, thoroughly reviewed," 13 Sep. 2018 The new service will cost about 10 cents per megabyte, with packages ranging from 600 megabytes for about $7 to four gigabytes for about $30. Andrea Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "Cuba to begin full internet access for mobile phones," 5 Dec. 2018 Ushr makes the Super Cruise system’s maps—terabytes of map data boiled down to a few hundred megabytes of relevant route information. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "The Key to Autonomous Driving? An Impossibly Perfect Map," 11 Oct. 2018 SanDisk says the read speeds for this drive max out at 535 megabytes per second and write speeds up to 450 megabytes per second. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Amazon's one-day storage sale has great prices on SSDs, thumb drives, and external drives," 26 Sep. 2018 The directive, first proposed in July, institutes a fee (link in French) of 5 CFA francs ($0.008) per megabyte consumed through services like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Congress is getting better at questioning social media executives," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of megabyte

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for megabyte

from the fact that 1,048,576 (220) is the power of 2 closest to one million

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megabyte

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English Language Learners Definition of megabyte

computers : a unit of computer information equal to 1,048,576 bytes

megabyte

noun
mega·​byte | \ ˈme-gə-ˌbīt How to pronounce megabyte (audio) \

Kids Definition of megabyte

: a unit of computer information storage capacity equal to 1,048,576 bytes

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