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.

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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 Any visions of, say, feeding this book and Barlow’s many megabytes of text, abandoned manuscripts, and unmade screenplays into a neural net and generating a Barlow AI to re-occupy @jpbarlow are dashed by stories like these. Jesse Jarnow, WIRED, "The Ghost of John Perry Barlow Lives in His Posthumous Memoir," 5 June 2018 According to its Google Play page, the size of the Instagram Lite app download is 573 KB, which is roughly half a megabyte (MB). Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Instagram Lite quietly launches on Google Play and it takes up less space on phones," 28 June 2018 According to TechCrunch, the app is just 573 kilobytes, or 1/55th the size of the 32 megabyte regular app. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Facebook Launches Instagram Lite With Its Eyes Set on the Developing World," 28 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of megabyte

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


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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