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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Budget systems range between £250 to over £1,000, storing around half a gigabyte on standard data cartridges.
▪ By the end of this year, the complete newsfeed could reach one gigabyte of data each day.
▪ Hard disk: Look for a capacity of 2 to 3 gigabytes of data.
▪ He says it has two gigabytes.
▪ Here, a single 90-minute video consuming over 100 gigabytes of storage space must be distributed to a large number of consumers.
▪ Its new competitor, the SyQuest SyJet, stores up to 1. 5 gigabytes of data.
▪ The 1400, on the other hand, can swallow up to 1. 36 gigabytes of compressed data.
▪ The Iomega Jaz drive stores a gigabyte of information on each cartridge and operates as fast as an internal hard drive.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1982, from giga- + byte.


n. 1 (context SI English) 109, one billion (1,000,000,000) bytes. SI symbol: GB 2 (context computing colloquial English) Imprecisely, a gibibyte or 10243 (1,073,741,824) bytes. SI symbol: GiB, computing symbol: GB.


n. a unit of information equal to one billion (1,073,741,824) bytes or 1024 megabytes [syn: G, GB]


The gigabyte ( or ) is a multiple of the unit byte for digital information. The prefix giga means 10 in the International System of Units (SI), therefore one gigabyte is . The unit symbol for the gigabyte is GB.

This definition is used in all contexts of science, engineering, business, and many areas of computing, including hard drive, solid state drive, and tape capacities, as well as data transmission speeds. However, the term is also used in some fields of computer science and information technology to denote (1024 or 2) bytes, particularly for sizes of RAM. The use of gigabyte is thus ambiguous. For semiconductor RAM, the gigabyte denotes . For hard drive capacities as described and marketed by the drive manufacturers, the gigabyte denotes , but when a 500-GB drive's capacity is displayed by, for example, Microsoft Windows, it is reported as 465 GB, where GB then means .

To address this ambiguity, the binary prefixes are standardized in the International System of Quantities, each binary prefix denoting an integer power of 1024. With these prefixes, a memory module that is labeled as having the size is designated as (one gibibyte).

Gigabyte (virus writer)

Kimberley Vanvaeck, also known by her online moniker Gigabyte, is virus writer from Belgium known for a long-standing dispute which involved the internet security firm Sophos and one of its employees, Graham Cluley. Vanvaeck wrote several viruses, including Quis, Coconut, Sahay, and YahaSux. She also created a Sharp virus (also called "Sharpei"), credited as being the first virus to be written in C Sharp.

Vanvaeck's dispute with Cluley began after he made several comments concerning the gender of virus writers. This prompted Vanvaeck to write several viruses that specifically targeted Cluley which were stated to be written as proof-of-concept rather than releasing them in the wild.

Usage examples of "gigabyte".

Dual four and a half gigahertz processors with a prototype one gigahertz bus and over two gigabytes of RAM, two one hundred sixty gigabyte disk drives for data storage, plus an optical drive array for fast access to information stored on CD-ROMs.

We are talking here about tens of megabytes, or maybe even gigabytes per second.

A primitive DI had catalogued the rest of the collection, billions of gigabytes of print, graphics, audio, video, and VR files.

Like the gigabytes of digitalized information on family, friends, likes and dislikes, who he was, and what he wanted .

Changing the direction of teaching in line to what is needed in this time, on this planet, and disregarding I don't know how many gigabytes of stored information that is irrelevant!

You: father and I will be making gigabytes of important dis coveries before the team gets here to replace us.

These gigabyte ERAMs are static, no need for batteries, and have so much memory that they are replacing CDs and digital audiotape.

DNA was such a large molecule that each species required ten gigabytes of optical disk space to store details of all the iterations.