tera-


  1. a combining form used in the names of units of measure equal to one trillion of a given base unit: terahertz.

  2. Computers. a combining form of like function with the value 240 (= 1,099,511,627,766).

Origin of tera-

1
<Greek téras monster. See terato-

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British Dictionary definitions for tera-

tera-

prefix
  1. denoting 10 12: terameter

  2. Also: tebi- denoting 2 40: terabyte

Origin of tera-

1
from Greek teras monster
  • Symbol: T

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Scientific definitions for tera-

tera-

  1. A prefix that means:

  2. One trillion (1012), as in terahertz, one trillion hertz.

  1. 240 (that is, 1,099,511,627,776), which is the power of two closest to a trillion, as in terabyte.

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