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[gig-uh-bahyt, jig-] /ˈgɪg əˌbaɪt, ˈdʒɪg-/
noun, Computers.
a measure of storage capacity equal to 2 30 (1024) bytes.
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Examples for gigabyte
  • These convenient storage devices will hold up to one gigabyte of files, and that's a lot of holiday photos and mp3 files.
  • For comparison, the human genome is less than a gigabyte in size.
British Dictionary definitions for gigabyte


/ˈɡɪɡəˌbaɪt; ˈɡaɪɡəˌbaɪt/
(computing) one thousand and twenty-four megabytes See also giga- (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for gigabyte

1982, from giga- + byte.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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gigabyte in Science
  1. A unit of computer memory or data storage capacity equal to 1,024 megabytes (230 bytes).

  2. One billion bytes. See Note at megabyte.

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gigabyte in Technology

2^30 = 1,073,741,824 bytes = 1024 megabytes.
Roughly the amount of data required to encode a human gene sequence (including all the redundant codons).
See prefix.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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