Origin of giga-

From the Greek word gígās giant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for giga-


combining form
  1. denoting 10 9gigavolt Symbol: G
  2. (in computer technology) denoting 2 30gigabyte

Word Origin for giga-

from Greek gigas giant
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Word Origin and History for giga-

arbitrary word-forming element meaning "billion" in the metric system, 1947, from Greek gigas "giant" (see giant).

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giga- in Medicine


  1. One billion (109):gigahertz.
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giga- in Science


  1. A prefix that means:
  2. One billion (109), as in gigahertz, one billion hertz.
  3. 230 (that is, 1,073,741,824), which is the power of 2 closest to a billion, as in gigabyte.
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