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 Another pair of 8 gigabyte sticks—16 gigabytes total, math is fun—this set is largely the same as the above pair. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, 29 Nov. 2021 Based on our experimentation, a 10 gigabyte file across the U.S. on a typical 100 megabyte per second line would take 10-20 hours. Jay Jian Liu, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 Not only is the cost per gigabyte ridiculously good, but this SSD is also small, extremely portable, and blazing fast. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 12 Feb. 2022 Western Digital said the problem was likely to cause a shortage of at least 6.5 exabytes in flash storage, equivalent to about 100 million of the 64 gigabyte flash memory cards often used for digital-camera storage. Yang Jie, WSJ, 10 Feb. 2022 The per-gigabyte cost of these is higher than average, though this deal narrows the gap. Gear Team, Wired, 30 Nov. 2021 But because of a Next Level Connections grant, their home was covered along with 69 other homes and 10 businesses with 1 gigabyte service. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Jan. 2022 This 13-inch laptop from Razer packs a respectable 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16 gigabytes of RAM, and a 512 gigabyte SSD. Gear Team, Wired, 30 Nov. 2021 This pair of 16 gigabyte sticks of RAM adds up to a rather robust 32 gigabytes of 288-pin DDR4 memory. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, 29 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of gigabyte

1975, in the meaning defined above

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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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