kilobit

[ kil-uh-bit ]
/ ˈkɪl əˌbɪt /

noun Computers.

1024 (210) bits.
(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

/ (ˈkɪləˌbɪt) /

noun computing

(in general computer contexts, such as data transfer) 1000 bits
(in data-storage contexts) 1024 bits

Abbreviation: Kb, kb
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Science definitions for kilobit

kilobit

[ kĭlə-bĭt′ ]

One thousand bits.
1,024 (that is, 210) bits. See Note at megabyte.

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