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kilobyte

[kil-uh-bahyt] /ˈkɪl əˌbaɪt/
noun, Computers.
1.
1024 (2 10) bytes.
2.
(loosely) 1000 bytes. Symbol: K, KB.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; kilo- + byte
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Examples from the web for kilobyte
  • The cost of storing or transmitting a kilobyte of data really is now too cheap to meter.
  • There's only one catch: you don't get to use a computer or a single kilobyte of network bandwidth.
  • However, it can also be used on desktop systems to represent data at the kilobyte level.
British Dictionary definitions for kilobyte

kilobyte

/ˈkɪləˌbaɪt/
noun
1.
(computing) 1024 bytes Abbreviation KB, kbyte See also kilo- (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for kilobyte
n.

1970, from kilo- + byte.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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kilobyte in Science
kilobyte
  (kĭl'ə-bīt')   
  1. A unit of computer memory or data storage capacity equal to 1,024 (that is, 210) bytes.

  2. One thousand bytes. See Note at megabyte.


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kilobyte in Technology

unit
(KB) 2^10 = 1024 bytes.
See prefix.
(1995-09-29)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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