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kilobyte

[kil-uh-bahyt]
noun Computers.
  1. 1024 (210) bytes.
  2. (loosely) 1000 bytes. Symbol: K, KB
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Origin of kilobyte

First recorded in 1965–70; kilo- + byte
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British Dictionary definitions for kilobyte

kilobyte

noun
  1. computing 1024 bytesAbbreviation: KB, kbyte See also kilo- (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for kilobyte

n.

1970, from kilo- + byte.

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kilobyte in Science

kilobyte

[kĭlə-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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