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kilobit

[kil-uh-bit]
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noun Computers.
  1. 1024 (210) bits.
  2. (loosely) 1000 bits. Symbol: Kb

Origin of kilobit

First recorded in 1960–65; kilo- + bit3
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British Dictionary definitions for kilobit

kilobit

noun computing
  1. (in general computer contexts, such as data transfer) 1000 bits
  2. (in data-storage contexts) 1024 bits
Abbreviation: Kb, kb
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kilobit in Science

kilobit

[kĭlə-bĭt′]
  1. One thousand bits.
  2. 1,024 (that is, 210) bits. See Note at megabyte.
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